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Ninth suspect in Wake Forest kidnapping plot surrenders

Posted April 23, 2014

Kelvin Melton

— A ninth suspect in the kidnapping case of Wake Forest resident Frank Janssen surrendered to the FBI in Atlanta on Wednesday morning, a spokeswoman for the agency said.

Patricia Kramer, 28, was named in federal indictments that were handed down Tuesday.

The indictments revealed that Janssen’s daughter, Wake County Assistant District Attorney Colleen Janssen, was the original target, but the team of kidnappers obtained the wrong address from an Internet search and wound up at Frank Janssen’s house on April 5. He was held hostage in a southeast Atlanta apartment for five days before being rescued during an FBI raid.

Kramer is among eight suspects accused of carrying out the kidnapping plot orchestrated by Kelvin Melton. Colleen Janseen won a conviction against Kelvin Melton in 2012 that put him in prison for life. He is incarcerated at Polk Correctional Institute in Butner.

Kramer is scheduled for a first appearance at 2 p.m. Wednesday in federal court in Atlanta.

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  • Let-it-be-said Apr 24, 2014

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    Im pretty sure none of these people are smart enought to ever be a doctor or lawyer, although they will definately see what lawyers do...

  • Terry Watts Apr 23, 2014
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    Usually when the Federal Bureau of Investigation is on the case, a Federal Bureau of Investigation is on the case.

  • maybetoolatedixon2 Apr 23, 2014

    Sad to think about all the intellegence that was lost by this action. I am sure they could all have been doctors or lawyers but they chose to kidnap. My heart bleeds for their Fathers and Mothers that were probably so worried about them. In retrospect, I really do not think they were planning to pay for my Social Security. Brilliant folks!

  • Backtothemountains Apr 23, 2014

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    75TARHEEL...I agree. As much as I hate to admit to being a voyeur on this case I cannot help but laugh at the stupidity of these people. I am sure they think themselves as great masterminds but the truth is they are a the biggest jokes ever.

  • Fred Garner Apr 23, 2014
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    I heard a morning radio talk show host today joking about the mastermind being Melton from inside prison. If he's a mastermind of anything it's stupidity. Wrong address, wrong person, texts and cell calls monitored all over the place. It's like an episode of "Worlds Dumbest Criminals".

    Kudos the local, state and federal authorities for their great work and cooperation!! And so thankful that Mr. Janssen was ok.

  • Sadiemaec Apr 23, 2014

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    Am wondering, are the Feds stepping in on this since Federal laws were broken when they carried this guy across state lines which is a Federal offense?

    The article stated:
    "Kramer is scheduled for a first appearance at 2 p.m. Wednesday in federal court in Atlanta."

  • Backtothemountains Apr 23, 2014

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    I'm suggesting that you read more stories that will surely answer your question.

  • "Screen Name-8/20" Apr 23, 2014

    Am wondering, are the Feds stepping in on this since Federal laws were broken when they carried this guy across state lines which is a Federal offense?
    I surely hope so because it seems to be easy to get a lenient sentence in NC by whining and crying on the shoulder of some of our judges magistrates. Whereas it's not so easy with a Federal judge.