9th suspect in Wake Forest kidnapping surrenders

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 23, 2014 9:28:55 AM PDT
The final suspect in the group that allegedly kidnapped 63-year-old Frank Janssen from his Wake Forest home earlier this month, has surrendered.

It comes the day after an indictment revealed that the group went to the wrong house, and originally intended to kidnap his daughter - who is a Wake County assistant district attorney.

Janssen's daughter Colleen was targeted by an imprisoned Bloods gang member - 49-year-old Kelvin Melton - who allegedly masterminded the kidnapping from his jail cell in Butner. Colleen Janssen was the prosecutor who sent Melton to prison on a life sentence.

The indictment says the group that Melton hired originally intended to kidnap a defense attorney, but later aborted that plan. The target was switched to Colleen Janssen, but the kidnappers Googled the wrong house, and grabbed her father on April 5 instead.

A federal grand jury handed up nine indictments in the case Tuesday. In addition to Melton, the group charged includes:

  • 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
  • Jakym Camek Tibbs -AKA "Jak," 21
  • Quantavious Thompson - AKA "Quan," 18
  • Patricia Kramer, who surrendered to FBI agents at the FBI Atlanta Division office Wednesday morning.

The group allegedly used a Taser to subdue Janssen and then drove him to an apartment in Atlanta. The indictment alleges he was pistol whipped and stunned dozens of times while handcuffed.

The indictment says Melton arranged to pay the kidnappers $10,000 each.

Once in Atlanta, the kidnappers started making demands to the Janssen family by text message. The messages included a photo of him tied to a chair in a closet and said he would be killed if the demands weren't met.

A special FBI team located and rescued Janssen April 10.

All nine defendants face federal kidnapping and firearm charges. If convicted, they face the possibility of a maximum sentence of life without parole and a $250,000 fine.


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