Bond denied in Wake Forest kidnapping

Jenna Paulin Martin (female in white), Tiana Maynard (female in orange), Michael Gooden (male in purple/garnet), Jovante Price (male with short hair in white shirt), and Clifton Robert (male with dreads white shirt) (Sketch by Richard Miller)
April 15, 2014 11:26:26 AM PDT
Five people accused of taking part in the kidnapping of the father of a Wake County prosecutor from his Wake Forest home were denied bond in Atlanta federal court Tuesday.

Authorities say 63-year-old Frank Janssen was targeted by an imprisoned Bloods gang member - 49-year-old Kelvin Melton - who allegedly masterminded the kidnapping from his jail cell in Buttner.

The group allegedly used a Taser to subdue Janssen and then drove him to an apartment in Atlanta, where they started making demands by text message. A special FBI team located and rescued Janssen April 10.

The five who allegedly took part in the abduction face federal kidnapping charges:

  • Jenna Paulin Martin, 21
  • Tiana Maynard - AKA "Tiana Brooks", 21
  • Jevante Price - AKA "Flame", 21
  • Michael Montreal Gooden - AKA "Hot", 22
  • Clifton James Roberts, 29

If convicted, they face the possibility of a maximum sentence of life without parole.

Investigators said they are looking for more suspects.


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