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Update: Ayvani Hope Lopez has been found alive and her kidnappers are in custody. Chief Gregory Porter of the Clayton County police said that she is “in good health” and is currently being checked on at a hospital.
She was reunited with her family shortly after being checked in.
A cousin of Ayvani claimed that the kidnappers requested $10,000 in ransom, but the police couldn’t confirm this.
“This is a good day. This is a good day for the Perez family, but more important for Ayvani,” Chief Porter said during a press conference this afternoon.
ATLANTA, GA – A 14-year old girl was kidnapped from her Atlanta home at gunpoint on Tuesday. The family of Ayvani Hope Perez had just moved to the suburban neighborhood roughly a month ago and apparently didn’t know anyone in the area.
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The two robbers broke in and were looking for money and jewelry. When Ayvani’s mother said that she had nothing of value, the thieves took her daughter, who was in hiding in a closet.
According to Clayton County Police Lieutenant Mark Richards, the two shot the family dog before departing.
A nationwide Amber Alert was issued for Ayvani Hope Perez. She is Latina, stands 4’9”, weights 93 pounds, has brown eyes and black hair.
Her kidnappers are both black males, one has a low haircut or shaved head while the other has shoulder length dreadlocks, both have facial hair. The kidnappers were said to be in a gray Dodge.
The kidnappers and Ayvani could be anywhere in Georgia or could’ve headed into the Carolinas, Florida, Tennessee or Alabama—states in that immediate region of the U.S.
The last time Ayvani was seen, she was wearing a “superhero” t-shirt and Star Wars pajama pants.
It has been recently revealed that the kidnappers requested $10,000 in ransom. The family is working with the neighborhood and others to raise the amount.
The FBI, Georgia Bureau of Investigation, and Clayton County Police Department are all working on this and want to bring Ayvani home.
If you’ve seen anything or have any information to provide, please call the Clayton County police at 678-610-4781, you can also contact a special tips hotline at 770-477-3513.