Inmate Now Charged In Kidnapping Of Prosecutor's Father

A North Carolina inmate described as a high-ranking member of the Bloods street gang faces a federal kidnapping charge after authorities say he used a smuggled mobile phone to help orchestrate the abduction of a prosecutor's father.

An arrest warrant was issued Friday for Kelvin Melton, who is serving a life sentence for ordering the shooting of a man in 2011.

Melton is accused in the Saturday kidnapping of Frank Arthur Janssen of Wake Forest. Janssen was rescued Wednesday by the FBI at an Atlanta apartment. Janssen's daughter prosecuted Melton in 2012.

The case highlights the problem of inmates getting access to smart phones that can allow them to make calls, exchange email, browse the Internet and maintain Facebook profiles.

Five other people were arrested and charged in Janssen's kidnapping.

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Authorities say five people have been charged in the kidnapping of the father of a North Carolina prosecutor.

The father, Frank Arthur Janssen, of Wake Forest, was rescued from an Atlanta apartment late Wednesday.

John Strong, FBI special agent in charge in North Carolina, says Janssen's kidnapping was related to his daughter's prosecution of North Carolina prisoner Kelvin Melton, who is serving a life sentence for his 2012 conviction for being a habitual felon. He was also convicted of assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill.

Authorities say Janssen's kidnappers threatened to torture him and sent text messages to his wife making demands. They also sent her a picture of her husband tied up.

Authorities did not say what the demands were.

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A federal law enforcement official says a man kidnapped from his North Carolina home may have been targeted because of his daughter's work as a prosecutor on drug and gang cases.

Frank Arthur Janssen of Wake Forest, was missing for days before an FBI team rescued him late Wednesday at an Atlanta apartment complex.

A federal law enforcement official, speaking on condition of anonymity because the person was not authorized to discuss an ongoing investigation, tells The Associated Press that Janssen's daughter is an assistant district attorney in North Carolina. The official says authorities are investigating the kidnapping as an act of retaliation after discovering ransom communications that suggested those involved were linked to the gang the Bloods.

The official says he had been briefed on the investigation.

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