Ayvani Perez Abduction: Kidnappers demanding $10K ransom for return of Ga. teen, family member says

(CBS/AP) ELLENWOOD, Ga. - The alleged kidnappers of Ayvani Hope Perez, a 14-year-old Georgia girl, have demanded a ransom of $10,000 for her return, a cousin of Ayvani told CBS News.

Law enforcement authorities would not confirm a ransom is involved but Lt. Marc Richards of the Clayton County Police Department said, "We do believe the young lady is in harm's way."

14-year-old Georgia home invasion abduction victim Ayvani Hope Perez
Ayvani Hope Perez
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Two men, described as wearing black clothing and armed with handguns, pried open the back door of her home in the Ellenwood area around 2:15 a.m. Tuesday in an apparent random home invasion. The robbers demanded money and jewelry and when they were told there was none, abducted Ayvani and killed the family dog, authorities said.

Police continued searching for the teen on Wednesday, a day after her abduction.

The FBI and the Georgia Bureau of Investigation were assisting Clayton County police in the massive search for the teen. Police were stopping cars Tuesday and checking them during the search. Authorities have also released sketches of the two suspects.

Authorities investigating the alleged abduction of Georgia teen Ayvani Perez have released sketches of the two suspects.
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FBI Special Agent Stephen Emmett said, "Our absolute number one priority is the safe return of a 14-year-old innocent girl. There is no tip out there that is too small, and every bit of information helps us."

CBS Atlanta reported the police have said the tips so far have been "helpful."

Ayvani's mother had her daughter and her 15-year-old son hiding inside the home at the time of the alleged attempted burglary, but the intruders were able to find them, police said in a statement. The men abducted Ayvani with no explanation, police said.

Authorities have reportedly said it didn't appear that the Perez family and the suspects knew each other. Clayton County police Officer Phong Nguyen told the Atlanta Journal Constitution that Ayvani and her family had just moved into that home a month ago.

The girl was last seen being taken from the home in a gray Dodge, police said.

The crime happened on a cul-de-sac in Ellenwood, a small community about 10 miles southeast of Atlanta, police said. The neighborhood is on the northern edge of Clayton County, just south of the DeKalb County line.

If you have any information regarding this case, officials ask that you contact the police or the FBI.

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