Suspect's picture released in Ayvani Perez kidnapping case


CLAYTON COUNTY, Ga. - The FBI has identified a third suspect in the September kidnapping of 14-year-old Ayvani Perez.

An arrest warrant was issued for 19-year-old Christopher Joseph Atkins, aka C.J., Thursday by the FBI.   Atkins was charged with conspiracy to kidnap, and discharge of a firearm during a crime of violence.

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

Perez, 14, was abducted at gunpoint from her Ellenwood home. According to an affidavit, two unidentified men broke into Perez's home and found the teen hiding in a closet along with her mother, brother and the family dog.

Agents said the men "demanded money and jewelry" after kicking in the closet door and shooting the dog.

When Perez's mother, Maria Corral, didn't meet those demands, one of the men grabbed Perez "and forced her down the stairs at gunpoint."

Witnesses, including a law enforcement officer who lives in the neighborhood, reported seeing a Dodge Challenger speeding away.

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

Wildrego Jackson was arrested in connected to the kidnapping.

Through interviews, agents linked the number that called the family and a second number to Jackson.

Jackson's girlfriend told agents she rented a Dodge Challenger for him just last week.

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.

They said he had the cellphone linked to the crime on him at the time and admitted to using the gray Dodge Challenger over the past few days.