Atlanta man sought on federal charges

Suspected in Ellenwood kidnapping

Christopher Joseph Atkins

Christopher Joseph Atkins

ATLANTA — Federal authorities have arrested an Atlanta man in connection with the Sept. 17 reported kidnapping of a teenage girl, said officials Monday.

FBI Special Agent Stephen Emmett said Christopher “CJ” Joseph Atkins, 19, was indicted this week for conspiracy to kidnap and discharging a firearm during a crime of violence. He was arrested Monday and taken into federal custody.

Atkins was identified as one of several suspects in the alleged kidnapping of Ayvani Hope Perez, 14.

Perez’ mother, Maria Magdalena Corral, told police that two armed black men pried open the back door of her Brookgate Drive home about 2:15 a.m. Sept. 17. She reportedly hid her two children, including a son, 15, from the suspects. Corral said the men demanded money and jewelry but she reportedly told them she had none. One of the men shot the family dog, she said, and discovered her children.

Reportedly without commenting, the two kidnapped Perez and fled the scene in a passenger car.

The girl was found unharmed about 12 p.m. the next day at a Conyers residence. Police said suspects described by Corral remain at large.

Two men were arrested the same day the girl was found. Juan Alberto Contreras Rodriguez, 40, was charged with federal immigration violations. Clayton County police and FBI agents remained tight-lipped about his involvement in Perez’s kidnapping.

A second man, Wildrego Jackson, 29, faces federal conspiracy to commit kidnapping charges. Jackson is a convicted felon who served about a year on drug charges in a Fulton County case.

However, police said neither man is depicted in the sketches provided by witnesses to the kidnapping.