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9th suspect arrested in Wake Forest kidnapping

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Frank Janssen was kidnapped from his Wake Forest home on April 5. Frank Janssen was kidnapped from his Wake Forest home on April 5.

The ninth suspect named in an indictment handed up Tuesday has been arrested in connection with the kidnapping of a Wake Forest man whose daughter prosecuted a high-ranking member of the Bloods street gang.

Patricia Ann Kramer, 28, surrendered to agents at the FBI Atlanta Division Wednesday morning. She is charged with conspiracy to commit violations of the kidnapping statute, and attempted kidnapping and aiding and abetting the same.

If convicted on the conspiracy to commit kidnapping charge, Kramer faces a maximum penalty of life imprisonment and a $250,000 fine.

Kramer was one of nine people named in a multi-count indictment handed up in connection with the April 5 kidnapping of Frank Arthur Janssen, who was taken from his home in Wake Forest and rescued five days later when FBI agents raided an Atlanta apartment.

Authorities said the kidnapping was related to Janssen's daughter's prosecution of Kelvin Melton, who is serving a life sentence for ordering the shooting of a man in 2011.

According to the indictment, Melton used a cellphone in his prison cell in Polk Correctional Institution to instruct Kramer and Tianna Daney Maynard to travel from Atlanta to North Carolina to kidnap Janssen's daughter, Colleen Janssen. Colleen Janssen is a Wake County prosecutor.

The indictment indicates that while Kramer was listed as an eligible driver for a car rented to carry out Frank Janssen's kidnapping, she did not travel to North Carolina.

The indictment said Kramer was also involved in a March plot to kidnap a person with ties to Melton's defense attorney in Louisiana. That kidnapping was aborted, however, the indictment said.

Authorities have said in court documents they tracked the kidnappers by their cellphones and the FBI monitored a phone call Melton placed from his cell to an Atlanta phone number linked to the kidnappers.

When corrections officers tried entering his cell, Melton smashed the phone. Hours later, Janssen was found alive in the Atlanta apartment.

Another suspect, Quantavious Thompson, waived his right to a bond hearing before a federal judge in Atlanta on Wednesday, clearing the way for him to be transferred to North Carolina to face the charges against him.

Authorities have said Melton is a high-ranking member of the Bloods street gang from New York City.


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