The black community is always wary when people accuse black men of abducting their children. When Ayvani Perez went missing on Tuesday, her Hispanic mother claimed 2 black men barged into her home, demanded cash and jewelry, before snatching the 14-year-old girl. Everyone knows that the easiest way to spark a stampede of media and police to your door is to blame a black man for kidnapping your child.
With 150 law enforcement’s boots on the ground — and the media breathlessly covering their every move — Perez was found safe and sound in Conyers, a suburb southwest of Atlanta. 2 men are in custody, Wildrego Jackson, 29, and Alberto Contreras-Rodriguez, 40.
The same day she was found, we learned from police that Contreras-Rodriguez and Perez’s mother, Maria Corral, know each other.
According to jail records obtained by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Contreras-Rodriguez and Corral were arrested in a “major marijuana trafficking bust in McDonough in which 500 pounds of the drug were seized.”
Not only that, but Corral and Contreras-Rodriguez are reportedly lovers.
Corral, who changed her name back from Perez after her divorce in 2007, was with Contreras-Ramirez outside the home when the police raided the place in 2012.
Scuttlebutt has it that Corral and Contreras-Rodriguez conspired to squeeze $10,000 out of Perez’s baby daddy, who lives in El Paso, Texas.
It’s no surprise, then, that Contreras-Rodriguez doesn’t match either of the suspects shown in the widely circulated police sketch of the 2 “black men” who abducted Peresz. And Wildrego doesn’t match the description of a black man with dreads.
To fill those glaring inconsistencies, police claim there are “two more suspects” on the loose. Don’t hold your breath waiting for those 2 phantom suspects to be captured any time soon.
And don’t expect any major announcement that Corral has been arrested for sending police and the FBI on a wild goose chase. Who wants to tell the FBI and 150 law enforcement officers that they wasted their time and efforts on a ransom scam?