Tuesday, December 12, 2017
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Prosecutor was targeted in kidnapping plot, indictment says

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — A North Carolina prosecutor was the intended target of an elaborate kidnapping plot, but the kidnappers looked up the wrong address on the Internet and abducted the prosecutor's father instead, according to an indictment released Tuesday.

Nine people were charged in the kidnapping of Frank Janssen, 63, the father of Wake Forest Assistant District Attorney Colleen Janssen. Frank Janssen was abducted April 5 from his Wake Forest home and held captive for five days in Atlanta before being rescued by the FBI.

Authorities have said the kidnapping was retaliation for Colleen Janssen's prosecution of Kelvin Melton for his role in a 2011 shooting. Melton, a high-ranking member of the Bloods gang, orchestrated the abduction from behind bars, the indictment said.

Melton was indicted along with Quantavious Thompson, Jakym Tibbs, Tianna Maynard, Clifton Roberts, Jenna Martin, Jevante Price, Michael Gooden and Patricia Kramer.

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