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Homeowners recall 'scary' FBI raids involving kidnapped victim

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It's been two days since local and federal authorities raided an Austell home in the 3700 block of Heyford Court during the search for Frank Janssen, and a woman who calls herself "Sarah" said she is still not over what she saw.

"They were throwing smoke bombs at the house and we could hear it and we could see it, it was just terrible," said Sarah.

Sarah, who said she fears for her safety and doesn't want to use her real name, said she  doesn't know the people who live in the house and she didn't know what was going on Wednesday when authorities conducted the raid. But Sarah said the instructions from authorities were clear.

"'Get back in the house. Get back in the house and shut your door,'" said Sarah.

Janssen was abducted from his North Carolina home Saturday and brought to Atlanta.

According to a federal criminal complaint, one of the phones used to threaten Janssen's wife during the kidnapping was linked to the Austell address. Local and federal authorities said they thought Janssen may have been held there.

"SWAT was out here, they had a tank out here. They looked like they were military. They were dressed in fatigues, they had M-16 and they were crouched with their guns ready," Sarah said. "They started coming from the lake over there and just started running."

Federal investigators said Tiana Maynard's children were in the home and taken into protective custody. Maynard is one of the suspects in Janssen's kidnapping. She, Clifton Roberts and Jenna Martin were later arrested when they went to pick up Maynard's children from authorities. Sarah said the entire ordeal lasted several hours.

"I am glad it is over," Sarah said.

Janssen was rescued late Wednesday night from an apartment in Southwest Atlanta. Five people have been arrested in connection to the kidnapping.

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