Girl, 14, abducted during Georgia home invasion

JONESBORO, Ga. — Robbers broke into a home near Atlanta early Tuesday, demanding jewelry and money, and when they were told there was none of either in the house, abducted a 14-year-old girl and shot and killed the family dog, police said.

Police were stopping cars and checking them during an all-out search for Ayvani Hope Perez. The two men pried open a back door of the home in the Ellenwood area around 2:15 a.m., demanding the items, said Clayton County police Officer Phong Nguyen.

The girl was last seen being taken from the home in a gray Dodge, police said.

The home invasion was apparently random, Nguyen said told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

“It didn’t appear that they knew each other,” he said of the suspects and victims. “They just moved in about a month ago.”

Police late Tuesday morning released sketches of the two suspects. By Tuesday afternoon, the FBI joined in the search for Perez.

The crime happened on a cul-de-sac in Ellenwood, a small community about 10 miles southeast of Atlanta, police said. The neighborhood is on the northern edge of Clayton County, just south of the DeKalb County line.

“I’m so terrified,” 16-year-old Breyana Walker, who lives just down the street from Ayvani, told the newspaper.

“I feel like I need someone here with me,” she said. “It could happen to anybody. I don’t know what to do.”

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