Kidnapping suspect 'eager' to return

By Ed Brock

A Riverdale man accused of raping his ex-girlfriend, shooting her father and kidnapping her children is not expected to fight extradition from North Carolina, FBI officials say.

In initial interviews with federal agencies Terrence McDowell, 27, said he wanted to come back and face the charges against him, FBI Special Agent Stephen Emmett said.

"He's expressed an eagerness to return back to Georgia and address this matter," Emmett said.

McDowell, who is charged with rape, burglary, aggravated sodomy, two counts of aggravated assault and two counts of kidnapping and theft by taking a motor vehicle, could be back in Clayton County in one or two days, Emmett said.

The charges stem from a Tuesday incident in which McDowell supposedly went to the Conley home of 64-year-old Marshall Wright, sexually assaulted 20-year-old Chrystal Wright and kidnapped Chrystal Wright's two children. He continues to recover in an Atlanta hospital after being shot eight times.

The assault happened early Tuesday morning at the Conley home where Wright lives with Marshall Wright, his girlfriend and Wright's two children, 4-year-old Faith McDowell and her half brother 5-year-old Jaquan Wright, said Clayton County Police Capt. Jeff Turner. Turner said that after sexually assaulting Wright and shooting her father who was still in bed, McDowell took the children and Wright's car and drove to Greensboro, N.C.

McDowell, who is the father of the 4-year-old girl but who has no custodial rights to her, left both children at his sister's house and later turned himself in to federal authorities in Greensboro.

The children arrived at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport around 1 a.m. Wednesday after their flight from Greensboro was delayed due to fog, Turner said.