Update 9/20/13: According to Friday's WBIR News, Ayvani Perez had been hiding in the closet with her dog, a poodle, in her arms, when the kidnappers kicked in the door. The dog began to bark at the men, and jumped out of her arms. The men pulled a gun, shooting the dog; the dog died later.
The 14-year-old girl who was kidnapped from her Ellenwood, Ga., home at gunpoint early Tuesday morning has been found alive, reported Wednesday's WSBTV News.
Little has been released about the circumstances surrounding Ayvani Hope Perez's return, and her current condition is not yet known.
However, Clayton County Police Chief Greg Porter stated:
"She is safe,"
One suspect, identified as 29-year-old Wildrego Jackson, has been arrested. Jackson is described as a "career felon," who was out on probation. Also arrested was 40-year-old Juan Alberto Contreras-Rodriguez, a Mexican national who is being held on immigration violations.
According to the Los Angeles Times, the men who were arrested are not believed to be the same men who broke into the home on Tuesday.
Around 2 a.m. on Tuesday, two armed men broke into the residence on Brookgate Drive, shot the family dog, and forced the 14-year-old girl to leave with them. The men had demanded money and jewelry from Perez's mother, but she had nothing to give to them.
Shortly before Perez was found, the FBI became involved in the kidnapping.
According to 11 Alive News, Perez was found in Conyers and she has been reunited with her family.
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