UPDATE: Kidnapped GA girl found safe; one suspect arrested
By NBC News
Ayvani Hope Perez
By Elizabeth Chuck, NBC News
(NBC) - A 14-year-old Georgia girl kidnapped by two gunmen during a home invasion early Tuesday has been found alive, officials said.
Ayvani Hope Perez was in good health, officials said, and was being evaluated on Wednesday afternoon.
nationwide Amber Alert was issued after Ayvani was taken at about 2
a.m. Tuesday by armed men from her family's home in Ellenwood, a suburb
Two suspects are in custody, Clayton County police
chief Gregory Porter said at a news conference Wednesday afternoon, but
officials are looking for other potential suspects.
found at a location in Conyers, Ga., "through hardcore law enforcement
work," Porter said. He didn't release any other details about where she
Conyers is about 25 miles from Ayvani's Ellenwood home.
"What's important is she's safeand she's with family," Porter said.
to Clayton County police officer Phony Nguyen, the two armed men pried
open the back door and entered the house. Ayvani's mother hid with her
two kids and poodle, but the men found them, and demanded money and
When Ayvani's mom said she didn't have much cash on her, the gunmen shot the dog and abducted Ayvani, who was clad in gray and blue Star Wars pajama pants and a superhero shirt. Her 15-year-old brother wasn't harmed, according to police.
The dog was taken to the vet by the family, but did not survive.
said they do not have a motive for the kidnapping. Sketches of two
suspects had been released to the public after the break-in at the Perez
home; police said those men were not the two that they had in custody,
and were among the other possible suspects they were looking for.
The two suspects who are in custody are being held on immigration charges and conspiracy to kidnap, police said.