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2 new suspects named, $25K reward offered in kidnapping of prosecutor's dad


Two additional suspects have been named in the kidnapping of a North Carolina prosecutor’s father earlier this month and one has been taken into custody.

Both Jakym “Jak” Camel Tibbs and Quantavious Thompson have been charged with conspiring to kidnap Frank Janssen, 63, who was rescued in Atlanta last week by an elite FBI team.

Tibbs and Thompson are accused of driving from Atlanta to Wake Forest, N.C., to get Janssen at his home there and then bring him back to Atlanta, according to the Associated Press and the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

It isn’t clear whether a $25,000 reward that WRAL says was being offered by the FBI for information about the two played any role in Thompson’s arrest Wednesday in Atlanta.

Criminal complaints say Tibbs and Thompson stopped at a McDonald’s en route to Wake Forest, then dropped the receipt for their meal at Janssen’s home in North Carolina after attacking him with a stun gun when he opened the door. Footage from a restaurant security camera shows the two suspects there, the station reports.

“My office will continue to pursue everyone involved with this crime,” said U.S. Attorney Thomas G. Walker in a written statement about the Eastern District of North Carolina case . “This deliberate attack on our judicial system cannot be tolerated.”

Five others face kidnapping charges in the case and a sixth suspect, Frank Melton, was charged with conspiracy for allegedly masterminding the abduction scheme from his North Carolina prison cell, using a smuggled cellphone. Authorities say the suspects planned to kill Janssen in retaliation for Melton’s conviction in a case which Janssen’s daughter prosecuted, as an earlier ABAJournal.com post details.

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