FBI: Suspect in kidnapping plot captured
Posted April 17
Raleigh, N.C. — One of two suspects charged this week in the kidnapping of a Wake Forest man has been captured.
Federal authorities said Thursday that Quantavious Thompson is in custody and has a court appearance at 2 p.m. in Atlanta. The second suspect, Jakym “Jak” Camel Tibbs, is still at large.
Six others have been arrested in the plot to kidnap 63-year-old Frank Janssen, who was taken from his home April 5 and rescued five days later during an FBI raid of a southeast Atlanta home.
Authorities have described Janssen's kidnapping as an "elaborate plot" orchestrated via text messages by Kelvin Melton. Janssen's daughter, Assistant District Attorney Colleen Janssen, prosecuted Melton nearly two years ago and won a conviction that put him in prison for the rest of his life.
Authorities say Melton sent more than 120 texts that included threats of torture to Janssen's wife and instructions to the alleged kidnappers on how to kill Janssen and dispose of his body.
Jenna Paulin Martin, 21, Tiana Maynard, 20, Jevante Price, 20, Michael Montreal Gooden, 21, and Clifton James Roberts, 29, were each arrested on federal kidnapping charges, which carry maximum prison sentences of life without parole.
The FBI offered a $25,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of Thompson and Tibbs. A spokesperson said Thursday it was too soon to determine whether a reward will be paid in the capture of Thompson.
Tibbs, 20, is 5 feet 7 inches tall and weighs 155 to 165 pounds. He is from New York, and it appears from court records and other sources that he has a criminal record in Georgia.
Authorities said he is considered armed and dangerous. Anyone with information on his location is asked to call 1-800-CALL-FBI.