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.
The crime happened at 3894 Brookgate Drive in Ellenwood, a small community just 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.”