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Mom Of Abducted GA Teen Has History With 1 Suspect

12:01 PM, Sep 19, 2013   |    comments
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The mother of a Georgia teenager who was abducted from her home by masked men had been arrested last year on drugs charges with one of the suspects detained in connection with the kidnapping case, WXIA-TV reports.

Ayvani Hope Perez was taken from her Ellenwood, Ga., early Tuesday by two men who said they were looking for money and jewelry.

NBC News reported that Perez's family said the kidnappers demanded a ransom of $10,000, but quickly raised that amount to $100,000.

Police issued a detailed sketch of the two kidnapping suspects and launched a two-day manhunt.

The kidnappers released Ayvani on Wednesday in the town of Conyers, Ga., about 25 miles from her home near Atlanta. Police detained two suspects in the case, but did not charge them specifically with involvement in the abduction.

Clayton County Police Chief Greg Porter said Ayvani was reunited with her family and was being evaluated by medical personnel. Investigators said she appeared to be in good health.

The FBI identified the two suspects in custody as Juan Alberto Contreras-Rodriguez, 40, a Mexican national also known as Contreras-Ramirez, and Wildrego Jackson, 29, who police described as a career felon.

The FBI said the two men were not the pair depicted in the sketch of the kidnapper suspects. It was not immediately clear how they were linked to the abduction.

WXIA reports that Ayvani's mother, Maria Magdalena Corral, who was in the house at the time of the abduction, was arrested in February 2012 along with Contreras-Rodriguez and three other men in a drug raid in Henry County.

A week later, WXIA reports, the charges against Corral and the four men were suddenly dropped. WXIA says no one in Henry County's Magistrate Court or the district attorney's office seemed to remember the case.

Corral's drug arrest has been officially expunged from court records, WXIA reports.

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