Atlanta - Federal agents used cell phone records to track down one of two suspects arrested in the abduction of a Clayton County teenager.
The criminal complaint submitted in federal court against 29-year-old Wildrego Jackson reveals a series of calls made between his cell phone and one that was used to make ransom demands from the family of 14-year-old Ayvani Perez.
The phone was given to him, according to the report, one week before the kidnapping by a girlfriend.
Jackson had the phone on him when he was arrested at Fulton County Superior Court Wednesday where he was making a court appearance on unrelated charges.
The report also states another girlfriend rented a gray Dodge Challenger for Jackson just days before the kidnapping. It was a gray Dodge that police described as the suspects’ vehicle. The car is now in federal custody.
Jackson, who is charged with conspiracy to kidnap, asked a federal judge Thursday for a court-appointed attorney. A bond hearing was scheduled for next Tuesday.
Other details revealed in the report include Perez describing three or four kidnappers. She says they shielded their faces and told her not to look at them.
The suspects phoned the girl’s mother within hours of her abduction early Tuesday saying she was unharmed but demanded money and drugs in exchange for her return.
On Wednesday, the kidnappers called family members and first said they would be dropping Perez off at a Lowe’s store. They then called back saying she was being dropped off at her aunt’s house in Conyers .
A second suspect arrested Wednesday, Juan Alberto Contreras-Rodriguez, is being held on federal immigration charges. His role in the kidnapping, so far, is unclear.
But police have confirmed a link between Contreras-Rodriguez and Perez’s mother Maria Corral. The two were among five people arrested last year in Henry County on drug charges. Corral was never indicted and drug trafficking charges were later dropped against Contreras-Rodriguez because police didn’t have a search warrant.
The search continues for the original two suspects, shown in police sketches, who abducted Perez.