NC Kidnapping of Prosecutor's Father Ends With Last-Minute Rescue

Friday, 11 Apr 2014 06:23 PM

By Morgan Chilson

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The FBI rescued a North Carolina man who was kidnapped and held for five days, just as his kidnappers were reportedly talking about killing him in the “wee hours of the morning.”

Frank Arthur Janssen, 63, was taken from his North Carolina apartment Saturday, and it was kept out of the media because of the danger in the situation, ABC News said.

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Janssen’s daughter, Colleen Janssen, is a prosecutor, and apparently that was the reason behind the kidnapping.

ABC said the kidnapping pertained to Kelvin Melton, an inmate at Polk Correctional Institution in Butner, N.C., who was prosecuted by Janssen’s daughter.

A federal affidavit detailed what happened, and included text messages that Janssen’s wife Christie received after the kidnapping, which threatened to send Janssen to her in “six boxes” if she called the police, ABC reported.

“Every chance we get we will take someone in your family to Italy and torture them and kill them ... we will do drive-by and gun down anybody,” one of the threats said, according to ABC.

But it was a Wednesday photo of Janssen tied up and information that the kidnappers planned to kill him that lent an even greater sense of urgency to the FBI rescue team.

The FBI were able to monitor calls pertaining to the kidnapping, detailing threats to Janssen and what the kidnappers planned to do.

CNN said five people were arrested when Janssen was recovered from a residence in Georgia.

“This is different from anything we've ever had to my knowledge in the state of North Carolina," Ned Mangum, district attorney for Wake County, where Colleen Janssen works in his office, told CNN. "I've been in this courthouse for 16 years, and unfortunately, from time to time, there are threats made to courthouse officials. You rarely see threats against people's family and certainly rarely see something with this much precision."

Mangum told CNN that “this one really affected us because it's one of our own. I've never seen our office as anxious as the past several days.”

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