Jakym Tibbs faces judge in Wake Forest kidnapping case

RALEIGH

Jakym Tibbs asked the judge to let him out of prison, but the judge shot down the request.

The judge said considering the violent offense, alleged interstate travel and Tibbs' criminal record - he is a danger to the community.  

A task force officer did take the stand at Tuesday's hearing. The officer testified it was Tibbs who used a stun gun to subdue 63-year-old Frank Janssen.

In April, Janssen was kidnapped from his home. Agents say the Wake Forest man was pistol-whipped, restrained and driven to an apartment in Georgia.

Agents say 21-year-old Tibbs played a role in the abduction. Eight people in total have been arrested and charged.

Authorities say the kidnapping was hatched by a man Janssen's daughter - a Wake County prosecutor - helped send to prison for life.

Tibbs' attorney says his client wants to go to trial and clear his name.

"This is a devastating position to be in and very emotionally draining, as would be on anybody who's charged with something like this," said James Payne, Tibbs' attorney.

Tibbs is currently in the custody of the U.S. Marshal's Office. For security reasons, officials are not saying where exactly he is being held.

ABC11 has learned paperwork is being filed to move Tibbs to a facility closer to the Wilmington area - where his attorney is based.


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