The FBI is heading up the investigation of a home invasion and kidnapping that happened around 2:15 a.m. this morning in Ellenwood, GA. Ellenwood is a suburb on the southeast side of Atlanta and is served by the Clayton County Police Dept. The intruders entered the home by prying open the rear door and demanded cash and jewelry. When the owner of the home stated that she had neither cash nor jewelry, the intruders shot the family dog and abducted 14-year-old Ayvani Hope Perez who was hiding along with her 15-year-old brother.
A state wide Amber Alert has been issued for the Ayvani who was last seen wearing blue and grey Star Wars pajama bottoms and a blue and grey superhero shirt. Clayton County Police Officer Phong Nguyen who was interviewed in regard to the kidnapping stated, "If someone's going to shoot a dog like the two suspects did, just imagine what else they would do," Nguyen told WXIA-TV in Atlanta. Nguyen also added that the 14-year-old is in extreme danger.
The Perez family moved into the neighborhood just two months ago and according to the investigators did not know the intruders. This is a link to the sketches being circulated to identify the abductors. According to this report by Fox News, a $10 thousand ransom demand has been made by the pair of abductors.
Ellenwood is a quiet town and rarely has such an occurrence as this. It is a middle-class community where the majority of its residents reside to avoid the never ending criminal activity that is associated with Atlanta and DeKalb County. Southwest DeKalb County which borders Ellenwood has been experiencing home invasions over the past five years. The reports from that community are that these are teenagers looking for flat screen television that they can sell quickly to buy drugs.
The initial string of invasions in Dekalb County were committed when no one was home but later included random invasions regardless whether the occupants were home. Police in the area were reluctant to pursue any complaints by the homeowners due to the perpetrators being under the adult age. This lead residents to conclude that some adult was behind the invasions and using teens as shields for the crimes.