Ninth person arrested in Wake Forest kidnapping case

From staff reportsApril 23, 2014 

— The ninth person accused of kidnapping a Wake County prosecutor’s father turned herself in to the FBI in Atlanta on Wednesday morning.

Patricia Ann Kramer was the last person that authorities were looking for in connection with the scheme to abduct Frank Janssen at his home in Wake Forest earlier this month. Seven others had been arrested, and the eighth, Kelvin Melton, is serving a life sentence in Polk Correctional Institution in Butner.

Federal authorities contend that Melton, 49, orchestrated the kidnapping, which meant to target Colleen Janssen, the assistant Wake County district attorney who prosecuted Melton in 2012, according to an indictment filed in federal court on Tuesday. Prosecutors say Melton directed the kidnapping from prison using a cell phone, instructing Kramer and another woman, Tianna Daney Maynard, to assemble a team to kidnap Colleen Janssen, according to the indictment.

The kidnappers apparently went to Frank Janssen’s home by mistake on April 5, according to the indictment. A team of federal agents rescued him from an apartment in Atlanta on April 9.

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