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NC kidnapping victim rescued in Atlanta, FBI says

Elite FBI Team Rescues North Carolina Kidnapping Victim

WAKE FOREST, N.C. (AP) -- A North Carolina man kidnapped from his home days ago was safely rescued late Wednesday when an elite FBI team swarmed an apartment complex in Atlanta.

Heavily armed agents from the FBI's Hostage Rescue Team freed Frank Arthur Janssen shortly before midnight, FBI spokeswoman Shelley Lynch said in a statement.

Outside the complex Thursday morning, several residents described a loud boom that had startled them. Two mangled, charred doors lay in a courtyard area in front of one of the townhomes. Through the space where the doors once were, a washer and dryer and kitchen area were visible.

The two-story townhomes with brick and wood siding are next-door to a federal penitentiary, and the razor wire that rings the prison can be seen from the townhomes.

Moments after sunrise, three officers wearing body armor left the complex of townhomes in SUVs, but several federal agents remained in the area.

More than half a dozen federal agents were still at the scene about 8 a.m. Most were FBI agents; one was with the Department of Homeland Security.

Janssen was reported missing Saturday from his Wake Forest home, according to the FBI. There was no answer Thursday at the door to a home address listed for Janssen in a quiet, upscale, golf course subdivision.

Stan Sasinowski, who lives across the street, said he went to the Janssen home Saturday and spoke to the victim's brother. He said there were drops of blood leading from the front door toward the driveway.

"There were about maybe six, eight, 10 spots of, little spots of blood," Sasinowski said. "They were canvassing the neighborhood, questioning people as to what they may have seen or heard, observed. We really didn't know anything. There wasn't much information we could give the police."

An investigation by the FBI, Wake Forest police and other law enforcement agencies determined that Janssen had been the victim of a kidnapping and was being held in the apartment complex in Atlanta's southeast section, the FBI said.

A potential motive for the kidnapping has not been released.

The FBI statement said Janssen's family was notified of the rescue after the team freed the man about 11:55 p.m. Wednesday. The FBI said the family looked forward to being reunited with him but that no further details were being released early Thursday. A news conference was planned later Thursday in Wake Forest.

The FBI describes its Hostage Rescue Team on the agency website as a national level counterterrorist unit, offering a tactical option for any extraordinary hostage crisis or other law enforcement situation in the U.S. The FBI says the unit, established in 1983, responds to the most urgent and complex FBI cases.

Janssen's neighbors in Wake Forest praised the work of the law enforcement officers.

"I've been crying my eyes out," said Connie O'Sullivan, who lives next door, as she walked her dog. "I love him to death, and I've been praying that nothing bad happened to him."

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bandicoot5 April 10 2014 at 12:07 PM

I'm happy that they got him. YAY! Good job, guys!!

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Marlena April 10 2014 at 4:21 PM

So glad a 'Happy Ending'.....

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rwitchwoman63 April 10 2014 at 2:35 PM


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ajt1025 April 10 2014 at 5:40 PM

LIke happy ending!! Glad that Mr. Janssen was found in pretty good shape and was returned to his family. There is no reason that the public has to know the details, its just the media who likes all the drama they put into a story and blow it out of proportion and say the people want to NO.. Most of the public don't care.

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siteseer58 April 10 2014 at 1:40 PM

That's a great story. My compliments to the FBI Hostage Rescue Team. A job well done!

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Mary April 10 2014 at 12:59 PM

Good news is always better than bad news!

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phbl Mary April 10 2014 at 1:16 PM

Must have been a well kept secret. I live less than 45 minutes from Wake Forest and have heard no news reports about it. Looking forward to hearing about the good news

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debi phbl April 10 2014 at 2:16 PM

I also live in NC and it has been all over the news on every channel.

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geocur3971 April 10 2014 at 12:58 PM

Amidst the most recent virtual barrage of poor reporting, of the, 'Nothing Much Said' journalism we have seen, this one ranks right up there.

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kimcrdr April 10 2014 at 12:35 PM

glad he was found and alive at that but I sure wish they would put more information in the article instead of leaving so much out

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whitewrights kimcrdr April 10 2014 at 4:34 PM

it was missing everything except he was kidnapped and recovered alive...a like a lil more meat in my news.

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pj512 April 10 2014 at 7:47 PM

Apparently his daughter is a prosecutor in NC and she had just put a guy in prison on drug-related charges. The guy apparently wanted revenge and hired some people to kidnap the prosecutor's father. It really sounds like something from TV or the movies.

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NSOULMATE2 April 10 2014 at 9:07 PM


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wcdyouyou NSOULMATE2 April 10 2014 at 10:39 PM

Gotta kill 'em all.

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