5 charged in kidnapping of NC prosecutor's father

5 charged in kidnapping of NC prosecutor's father

Credit: Wake Forest Police Department

Frank Arthur Janssen

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by CNN/ Associated Press

WHAS11.com

Posted on April 10, 2014 at 12:12 PM

Updated Thursday, Apr 10 at 12:12 PM

WAKE FOREST, N.C. (CNN/ ASSOCIATED PRESS) -- A man kidnapped from his home in Wake Forest, N.C., five days ago has been rescued by the FBI's Hostage Rescue Team in Atlanta, the FBI said Thursday.

The abduction of Frank Arthur Janssen, which authorities say occurred April 5, was part of elaborate plan that involved at least five people who are facing federal kidnapping charges, law enforcement officials said.

Authorities say five people have been charged in the kidnapping of the father of a Wake County, N.C. prosecutor.

John Strong, FBI special agent in charge in North Carolina, says Janssen's kidnapping was related to his daughter's prosecution of North Carolina prisoner Kelvin Melton, who is serving a life sentence for his 2012 conviction for being a habitual felon. He was also convicted of assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill.

Wednesday, at five minutes to midnight, FBI rescuers freed Janssen from the New Town Circle apartment complex in southeast Atlanta, officials said.
He has been reunited with his family.

Authorities said Janssen's kidnappers threatened to torture him and sent text messages to his wife making demands. They also sent her a picture of her husband tied up. Authorities did not say what the demands were.

The FBI in Charlotte, FBI in Atlanta, the Wake Forest Police Department and the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation are investigating, along with other law enforcement outlets in North Carolina and Georgia.

The town of Wake Forest is less than a two-hour drive from Wake Forest University, which is in Winston-Salem, North Carolina.
 

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