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(CHARLOTTE, N.C.) — Nine people are charged in an indictment handed down Tuesday involving the kidnapping of a 63-year-old man. A prosecutor was the intended target of the abduction but instead, suspects accidentally took her father.

Frank Janssen, father of Wake Forest assistant district attorney Colleen Janssen, was taken from his North Carolina home on April 5. He was driven to Atlanta and held for five days before being rescued by a high-level FBI team.

Kelvin Melton, an inmate at the Polk Correctional Institution in North Carolina, was previously prosecuted by Janssen’s daughter. In March, he devised a plan to kidnap someone tied to Colleen, promising to pay each member of the team $10,000 for their role in the abduction, according to Tuesday’s federal indictment. For an unknown reason, the plot did not go into play.

Instead, later in the month, Melton created another plan to kidnap Colleen. One of the alleged abductors looked online and discovered what they thought to be her home address, but instead was her father’s.

From inside the prison, Melton promised one of the suspects $6,000 and told the team to wear khakis and collared shirts for their mission. Once at Janssen’s home, they attacked him with a stun gun several times and “pistol whipped” him.

Additional details in the indictment describe the April incident in which Janssen was forced into the backseat of a car with a blanket thrown on top of him. On April 9, Melton ordered the father to be killed, providing specific instructions on how to cover up the murder and the manner in which his body was to be buried.

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