Kidnappers Demand $10K Ransom for 14-Year-Old Girl

Ayvani Hope Perez was taken from Georgia home yesterday
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 18, 2013 7:18 AM CDT
Updated Sep 18, 2013 7:55 AM CDT

(Newser) – The family of an abducted 14-year-old Georgia girl has received a ransom demand from her kidnappers, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports. Ayvani Hope Perez's family is trying to raise the $10,000 demanded by the two men who originally broke into their home early yesterday looking for jewelry and money. Police say the family did not know the men before the home invasion; an anonymous law enforcement official confirmed the rare ransom demand. Sources tell WSB-TV that authorities have been in contact with the suspects.

"My brother doesn’t have a clue. He doesn’t have any money like that," says Ayvani's aunt, who took her brother to the El Paso, Texas, airport so he could fly to Clayton County to be with Maria Perez, his ex-wife and Ayvani's mother. Maria Perez was hospitalized yesterday after several fainting spells. Police have been receiving "numerous tips," an officer says, and the FBI is aiding in the search. (Read more Ayvani Hope Perez stories.)

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