Two More Charged in Gang-Related Kidnapping Involving NC Prosecutor
Two more suspects now stand charged in the gang-related kidnapping of the father of Raleigh, North Carolina prosecutor Colleen Janssen, 33. who helped send high-level Blood gang member Kelvin Melton to prison for life.
According to reports, "Federal authorities unsealed kidnapping charges Wednesday against Jakym Tibbs and Quantavious Thompson, who's known by the street name "Kirkwood Quan." Kirkwood is a neighborhood in Atlanta. The FBI said the men should be considered armed and dangerous, and the agency offered a $25,000 reward for information leading to their arrest."
Melton is serving a life sentence for ordering the shooting of a Raleigh man in 2011.
He's now accused in the kidnapping of Frank Arthur Janssen of Wake Forest. Janssen, 63, was rescued Wednesday by the FBI at an Atlanta apartment. Five others have also been arrested and charged.
The FBI said a call was placed by Melton from the prison to a phone associated with the kidnappers in Atlanta. Quotes in court filings suggest the two male callers were discussing how to kill Janssen and dispose of his body.
"We want to make sure it's in a secluded area and the ground is soft so we can go 3 feet deep," a male voice said, according to the documents.
Following the call, authorities tried to enter Melton's cell and he smashed the phone. A few hours later, they located Janssen in Atlanta.
When making the arrests, authorities also recovered a .45-caliber handgun, picks and a shovel, according to the FBI.
Charged with kidnapping were: Jenna Paulin Martin, 21; Tiana Maynard, 30; Jevante "Flame" Price, 20; Michael "Hot" Montreal Gooden, 21; and Clifton James Roberts, 29.
Officials said they were all from the Atlanta metro area.