Eighth person arrested in kidnapping of prosecutor's father

From staff reportsApril 21, 2014 

Jakym Camel Tibbs is wanted by the FBI in connection with the kidnapping of a Raleigh-area man earlier this month. (FBI photo)


Federal authorities have arrested an eighth person in connection with the kidnapping of Frank Janssen, the father of a Wake County prosecutor.

The FBI found Jakym Camel Tibbs just before 7 a.m. Monday at a home in Harrisburg, Pa., said Shelley Lynch, a spokeswoman with the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Tibbs, 21, will make his first court appearance Monday afternoon in a federal court in Harrisburg, Lynch said.

Tibbs and Quantavious Thompson, also known as “Kirkwood Quan” or “Quan,” have been accused of using a stun gun to immobilize Janssen when he answered a knock at the door of his home in the Heritage golf community in Wake Forest on April 5.

Federal investigators think Thompson and Tibbs worked in tandem with two women to forcefully remove Janssen from his home and drive him to Georgia, where he was held in an apartment against his will. FBI agents found a McDonald’s receipt left behind at Janssen’s home that enabled them to identify Thompson and Tibbs, Lynch said.

Six others had already been charged in what investigators say was a scheme that led to a four-day manhunt that ended with Janssen's reunion with his family on April 10.

Federal officials think the kidnapping was orchestrated by Kelvin Melton, 49, from the Polk Correctional Institute in Butner, where he is serving a life sentence. Jansen's daughter, Colleen Janssen, an assistant district attorney in Wake County, prosecuted Melton in 2012.

The FBI in a press release said it is too soon to determine whether a reward offered in the case played a role in Tibbs’ arrest.

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