Accused kidnapper Wildrego Jackson appeared in court today about the same time federal authorities released new details about the home invasion that ended in the abduction of a Clayton teen.
Federal authorities confirmed they arrested Jackson Wednesday when he appeared for a previously scheduled court appearance in Fulton County Superior Court on an unrelated charge and charged him with kidnapping Ayvani Hope Perez, according to an affidavit of FBI Special Agent Joseph Fonseca that was filed in federal court Thursday.
Agents had already rescued the 14-year-old girl, who the kidnappers had dropped off safely at a relative’s house in Conyers, Fonseca wrote.
Jackson, 29, was back in court Thursday. He was ushered into the courtroom a white tank top, sleeveless denim jacket, baggy jean shorts, black sneakers and shackles around his ankles.
His head dropped as U.S. Magistrate Judge Russell G. Vineyard read the charges against him.
“It is alleged that you conspired to kidnap a minor using a cellular phone,” Vineyard said. “It is alleged that you did knowingly possessed a .40-caliber pistol while in the execution of the conspiracy.”
Jackson will remain in federal custody and will return to court Tuesday, when Vineyard will determine whether he can be released on bond. Court-appointed attorney Millie Dunn will represent him.
The federal document filed Thursday gives greater detail about how authorities rescued Perez and tracked down one of the alleged kidnappers. Police are still searching for two other unidentified men on kidnapping charges.
Two armed men had burst in through a back door into the family’s home in Ellenwood at 2 a.m. Tuesday and demanded money and jewelry. When they didn’t get what they wanted, they kidnapped Perez, the youngest of Maria Corral’s two teenage children, still in her pajamas, authorities said.
“(Maria Corral) ran out of the house screaming her daughter’s name,” Fonseca wrote in his affidavit for the criminal complaint against Jackson.
The men also shot the family dog when it leaped barking from Corral’s arms when they entered the house, the affidavit said.