Man said to be involved in Sept. kidnapping arrested - CBS46 News

Man said to be involved in Sept. kidnapping arrested

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Christopher Joseph Atkins Christopher Joseph Atkins
ATLANTA (CBS ATLANTA) -

The FBI has arrested a man they say was involved in the kidnapping of a Clayton County teenager in September.

Christopher Joseph Atkins, aka "C.J.", 19, of Atlanta, was indicted by a federal grand jury on charges of conspiracy to kidnap, and discharge of a firearm during a crime of violence. As a result of this indictment, the FBI issued an arrest warrant for Atkins.

On Monday, Atkins was taken into custody and processed by FBI agents at Atlanta.

On Sep. 17, Ayvani Perez, 14, was taken from her Clayton County home.

A criminal complaint filed in United States District Court alleges that two men broke into Perez's home searching for money and jewelry.

When Perez's mother told the armed robbers she could not meet their demands, Perez was abducted.

Perez was returned to her family nearly 36 hours later.

The timeline of events show that the abduction may not have been random.

A search warrant from Feb. 21 2012 obtained by CBS Atlanta News, along with an investigative report from the Flint Circuit Drug Task Force, show that Perez's mother, Maria Magdalena Corral was arrested along with Juan Alberto Contreras-Ramirez for marijuana trafficking.

Ramirez is the same man investigators arrested in connection with Perez's kidnapping.

Police also arrested Wildrego Jackson after his phone number was identified as one of the numbers used to call the family and demand a ransom of drugs and money in return for Perez's release.

It is unclear what role Atkins may have played in the kidnapping.

Anyone with information regarding Atkins' whereabouts should contact the FBI at 404-679-9000.

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