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Thursday
Apr102014

Elite FBI Team Rescues Kidnapped Man in Atlanta

Ruskpp/Thinkstock(ATLANTA) -- A North Carolina man who is safe after a five-day kidnapping ordeal was targeted because of his daughter’s work as prosecutor, the FBI said Thursday.

The FBI’s Hostage Rescue Team rescued Frank Arthur Janssen, 63, from the New Town Circle apartment complex in southeast Atlanta, at 11:55 p.m. on Wednesday, FBI spokeswoman Shelley Lynch said in a statement.

John Strong, special agent in charge of the FBI’s Charlotte division, said Janssen’s family received "specific demands" that were for the benefit of an inmate who was prosecuted by Janssen’s daughter and is serving a life sentence at the Butner Federal Correctional Complex in North Carolina.

"He spent five nights in the hands of a group of very dangerous people,” Strong said. “We can only imagine the uncertainty, confusion and fear he experienced.”

Three men and two woman -- ranging in age from 20 to 29 -- were arrested during the raid and face federal kidnapping charges, he said.

Janssen, who was reported missing from his upscale neighborhood in Wake Forest, N.C., on April 5, is receiving medical care and has been reunited with his family, Strong said.

The FBI’s Hostage Rescue team, which conducted the rescue, is described on its website as a "national level counterterrorist unit" that responds to “the most urgent and complex FBI cases in the U.S. and abroad.” The unit is part of the Tactical Support Branch of the FBI's Critical Incident Response Group and is based in Quantico, Va.

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