In Pennsylvania, on Monday, Federal agents arrested a man suspected to have been involved in the kidnapping of a North Carolina prosecutor’s father. According to the FBI, eight people have been charged in the plot to kidnap the prosecutor’s father, Frank Janssen. In the planned kidnapping, Janssen would be taken from his home and held in Atlanta where he was ultimately rescued.
Janssen’s daughter is a prosecutor in Raleigh and was responsible for assisting in sending Bloods gang member Kelvin Melton to prison for life. Kelvin Melton is also charged in Janssen’s abduction. Jakym Tibbs, 20, is another one of the eight people charged in the kidnapping plot.
According to the FBI, Melton made the arrangements for the kidnapping from his prison cell. Melton was using a contraband mobile phone. Authorities claim that these cell phones are allowing prisoners to intimidate witnesses, direct drug deals and plan for escapes.
The FBI offered a reward of up to $25,000 for tips leading to the arrest of Tibbs and another suspect, both of which were considered armed and dangerous. Tibbs was apprehended and taken into federal custody this week at a home in Harrisburg, Penn. FBI spokeswoman Shelley Lynch stated in a statement, “It is too soon to determine whether the reward offered played a role in his capture.”
Quantavious Thompson, 18, was another fugitive who was arrested this week in Georgia. The FBI stated that all of the eight suspects have now been arrested.
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