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7th arrest in kidnapping of N.C. prosecutor's father

RALEIGH, N.C. - Authorities have made a seventh arrest in the kidnapping of a North Carolina prosecutor's father, reports CBS affiliate WSPA.

The U.S. Attorney's Office said that 21-year-old Jakym Tibbs was apprehended in Harrisburg, Pa., on Monday morning, according to the station. The suspect had a scheduled court appearance at 1:30 p.m.

Last week, the U.S. Department of Justice charged Tibbs and Quantavious Thompson - who was arrested on Wednesday - with conspiracy to kidnap 63-year-old Frank Janssen from his home in Wake Forest, N.C., on April 5. The victim was rescued on April 9 when FBI agents raided the Atlanta apartment where he was being held.

Authorities told WSPA that the crime was related to Janssen's daughter, a prosecutor who helped put away high-ranking Bloods street gang member Kelvin Melton. Melton, 49, who is from New York City, is serving a life sentence for ordering the shooting of a man in 2011; he was convicted of being a habitual felon, and assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill.

Melton allegedly had a phone in his prison cell was in contact with the suspected kidnappers, reports the station, citing a court filing. He faces a federal kidnapping charge for his alleged role in the abduction.

It is unclear what demands the kidnappers made of Janssen's family members, but authorities have said messages from the accused criminals threatened torture and dismemberment for non-compliance, according to WSPA.

In the apartment raid that rescued the victim, officers with the FBI arrested five initial suspects: Jenna Paulin Martin, 21; Tiana Maynard, 30; Jevante "Flame" Price, 20; Michael "Hot" Montreal Gooden, 21; and Clifton James Roberts, 29. All were denied bond Tuesday.

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