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Kidnapped North Carolina man rescued by FBI in Atlanta

From AnneClaire Stapleton CNN | 4/10/2014, 11:04 a.m.

A man kidnapped from his home in Wake Forest, North Carolina, five days ago has been rescued by the FBI's Hostage Rescue Team in Atlanta, the FBI said Thursday.

The abduction of Frank Arthur Janssen, which authorities say occurred April 5, was part of an elaborate plan that involved at least five people who are now facing federal kidnapping charges, law enforcement officials said.

FBI North Carolina special agent John Strong said that demands were sent to Janssen's family "for the benefit" of a North Carolina prison inmate who had been prosecuted by Janssen's daughter, an assistant district attorney in Wake County.

That inmate received a life sentence without parole, Strong said. The inmate was not one of the five individuals named by officials Thursday as facing kidnapping charges.

Janssen has been reunited with his family, officials said. Wednesday, at five minutes to midnight, FBI rescuers freed him from an apartment complex in southeast Atlanta, officials said.

The FBI in Charlotte, FBI in Atlanta, the Wake Forest Police Department and the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation are investigating, along with other law enforcement outlets in North Carolina and Georgia.

The town of Wake Forest is less than a two-hour drive from Wake Forest University, which is in Winston-Salem, North Carolina.

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