FBI Releases Photo of Suspect in Ayvani Perez Ellenwood Kidnapping

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    ayvani-suspectOn Thursday the FBI issued an arrest warrant for 19-year-old Christopher Joseph “C.J.” Atkins, the third suspect in the September kidnapping of 14-year-old Ayvani Perez.

    Atkins has been charged with conspiracy to kidnap, and discharge of a firearm during a crime of violence.

    Perez was found alive in September, after being abducted from her home days before.

    At the time, authorities said robbers broke in, demanded money and jewelry from the family and when they were told there was none took Perez and attempted to hold her for $10,000 ransom. Authorities have said the robbery and abduction appeared to be random.

    Clayton County Police Chief Gregory Porter said the girl was found in Conyers and has been reunited with her family.

    “She’s in good health, she’s being evaluated as we speak,” Porter said at the time.

    Two suspects were taken into custody, however, FBI Special Agent Rick Maxwell said at the time that those two suspects were not the two men identified in police sketches.

    Witnesses, including a law enforcement officer who lives in the neighborhood, reported seeing a Dodge Challenger leaving the house. Wildrego Jackson was arrested in connected to the kidnapping and was found with the cell phone police say was used to make the calls.

    Investigators said Perez’s family got several calls from someone telling them the teen “was unharmed and demanded money and drugs” to release her.

    After the suspects dropped off Perez safely at her aunt’s home in Conyers Wednesday, investigators said Jackson showed up for a previously scheduled court date in Fulton County.

    Anyone with information regarding Atkins’ whereabouts is asked to call the FBI at 404- 679-9000.

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