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Report: Abductors Threatened to Dismember Kidnapping Victim

Five suspects arrested after an elite FBI team rescued a North Carolina man from a southeast Atlanta apartment complex late Wednesday night.

A 63-year-old North Carolina man who was kidnapped from his home on Saturday was rescued from a southeast Atlanta apartment complex late Wednesday night. Credit: Patch file
A 63-year-old North Carolina man who was kidnapped from his home on Saturday was rescued from a southeast Atlanta apartment complex late Wednesday night. Credit: Patch file
Update: April 10, 2014, 3:30 p.m.:

Federal authorities said Thursday that the alleged kidnappers of a North Carolina man rescued Wednesday night in southeast Atlanta had threatened to torture and dismember him.

Several news outlets reported that five people: Jenna Paulin Martin, 21, Tiana Maynard, 20, Jevante Price, Michael Montreal Gooden, 21, and Clifton James Roberts, 19; have been charged in the kidnapping that resulted in 63-year-old Frank Arthur Janssen spending five nights held captive.

Janssen was rescued before midnight at the Forest Cove Apartments by an elite FBI hostage rescue team.

The five suspects are schedule to appear before U.S. Magistrate Judge Gerrilyn Brill on Thursday afternoon according to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

Federal authorities said the suspects had sent Janssen’s wife a photo of her husband tied up and had threatened to dismember him and return him to her in six boxes.

It was reported that Janssen’s kidnapping, which took place on Saturday in Wake Forest, N.C., was related to a high-ranking member of the ‘Bloods” gang. Kevin Melton is serving a life sentence in a North Carolina prison after being prosecuted by Janssen's daughter, who is an assistant district attorney in Wake County, N.C.

Melton was convicted in 2012 on a charge of assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill, which made him a violent habitual offender.

The AJC reported that Janssen's wife this week had received a series of threatening text messages from a phone in Georgia, including a text photo of her husband tied up.

After being rescued late Wednesday evening in southeast Atlanta, Janssen has been reunited with his family.

This is a developing story and check for updates.


Original post:

A 63-year-old North Carolina man who was kidnapped from his home on Saturday was rescued from a southeast Atlanta apartment complex late Wednesday night.

According to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Frank Arthur Janssen was rescued before midnight at the Forest Cove Apartments by an elite FBI hostage rescue team.

WSB TV reported that police from Atlanta, Alpharetta, Cobb and agents from the Georgia Bureau of Investigation assisted in tracking Janssen to the complex on New Town Circle.

Janssen, a United States defense contractor working in missile defense, was reported missing from his Wake Forest, N.C., home on Saturday morning. His occupation was not believed to have been a factor in his kidnapping.

The motive about the kidnapping has not been revealed. This is a developing story, as the FBI has scheduled an 11 a.m. news conference today in Wake Forest to discuss the case.

bill blinko April 10, 2014 at 05:10 PM
another uplifter from the ybm community...hope this crew gets what they deserve... personally, had a great experience today in kirkwood where a group of thugs threatened me... i know kirkwooders love their 'hood but you couldn't pay me enough to buy a home there and ride out that "transition"... the results listed by a recent news article in reference to the most desirable cities in the world in which to live should come as no surprise... no US city in top ten.. why would there be? crime is a factor in every major us city... you shouldn't have to fear for your life when using your city's parks/trails/public transportation etc... and that is our reality... anyone wonder why Scandinavia/Iceland etc. are consistently rated as best places to live... low crime/people who enjoy the outdoors and can do so safely... you get the picture
Elizabeth Elizabeth April 11, 2014 at 10:17 AM
Lock em up. Throw away the key - we can't allow gang members to terrorize the community.
Edward Brunson April 12, 2014 at 01:00 AM
Do you know the difference between us and Scandinavia/Iceland? I would say, but I would be called a racist.
Scott Donald April 14, 2014 at 11:29 AM
You're absolutely right: Scandanavia has much stronger gun restrictions than we do, and they have much less violent crime. Couldn't agree with you more.

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