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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Eastern District of North Carolina

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Two More Charged In Gang-related Kidnapping Of Father Of State Prosecutor In North Carolina

RALEIGH – United States Attorney Thomas G. Walker announced that two more defendants were charged with Conspiracy to Kidnap in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 1201(c), in connection with the kidnapping of Frank Arthur Janssen of Wake Forest, North Carolina.  These two new charges are in addition to the six already charged with engaging in a conspiracy to seize, kidnap, and abduct Frank Janssen from Wake Forest, North Carolina and transport him to Atlanta, Georgia.  Janssen is the father of a Raleigh, North Carolina prosecutor who prosecuted a Blood member in state court.

Mr. Walker stated, “My office will continue to pursue everyone involved with this crime.  This deliberate attack on our judicial system cannot be tolerated.”

According to the investigation, Blood member Kelvin Melton, a/k/a Dizzy, a/k/a Old Man, 49, used a cell phone that he illegally possessed while serving a life sentence in North Carolina’s  Polk Correctional Institution in Butner, to transmit instructions and threats to Mr. Janssen’s wife and to co-conspirators in the plot.  Specifically, Melton gave instructions on how to kill Mr. Janssen and dispose of his body.  Mr. Janssen was taken from his home against his will on April 5, 2014.  Through a coordinated effort involving many federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies, the FBI’s Hostage Rescue Team rescued Mr. Janssen at 11:55 pm on April 9, 2014 at a residence in Southeast Atlanta.  The two new charges are against JAKYM TIBBS and JOHN DOE, a/k/a “Quan”, a/k/a “Kirkwood Quan”.  The others already charged with kidnapping in this case are Jenna Paulin Martin, 21, Tiana Maynard, a/k/a Tiana Brooks, 30, Jevante Price, a/k/a Flame, 20, Michael Montreal Gooden, a/k/a Hot, 21, and Clifton James Roberts, 29.   These five had their detention hearings in Atlanta yesterday and all were ordered held without bond.  Jenna Paulin Martin and Tiana Maynard waived their probable cause hearings and will be extradited to North Carolina.  It is of note that Mr. Janssen’s daughter is a state prosecutor who prosecuted Melton in Raleigh, North Carolina.  This investigation is ongoing.

If convicted of this charge, each defendant faces a maximum sentence of life imprisonment and a fine of up to $250,000.

A complaint contains allegations that a defendant has committed a crime.  Every defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty in court.

The case is being investigated by the FBI Charlotte, FBI Atlanta, the Wake Forest Police Department, the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation with assistance by the Durham County Sheriff’s Office, Raleigh Police Department, Durham Police Department, North Carolina Alcohol Law Enforcement, Garner Police Department, North Carolina Highway Patrol, RDU Police, City County Bureau of Investigation, the Cobb County Police Department, Alpharetta Police Department, Atlanta Police Department, and the Georgia Bureau of Investigation. The United States Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of North Carolina is handling the prosecution of these cases with assistance from the United States Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Georgia.

Updated July 14, 2015