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Rappers arrested after extortion plot when record deal went bad www.privateofficer.com
New York NY Dec 3 2012 Two aspiring rappers were collared for trying to shake down the son of a Goldman Sachs bigshot after a $50,000 record deal went bad, police sources said Saturday.
John Fontein — the 27-year-old son of broker Andrew Fontein — reneged on the deal while meeting the men at a Greenwich Village restaurant Thursday night, the sources said.
Fontein, an amateur record producer, agreed to pay Ryan Mixon, 33, and Andres Lozano, 28, $50,000 to cut a record and met them at Pera SoHo on Thompson St., sources said.
But the meeting ended abruptly around 8:30 p.m. when Fontein tried to back out of the deal. The duo threatened to kill Fontein’s girlfriend and family if he didn’t pay, the sources said.
The men then dragged Fontein into a taxi cab and took him to the Apple store on Fifth Ave. near E. 59th St., where they forced him to buy about $3,800 worth of merchandise, sources said.
On Friday, Fontein went to the NYPD’s First Precinct near his Park Pl. home and told detectives about the extortion plot, sources said.
As Fontein talked to cops, one of the men sent him a threatening text message to coordinate a “drop time” at Pera SoHo later in the day, sources said.
When Mixon and Lozano arrived, cops were already there to cuff them.
Lozano, of WashingtonHeights, and Mixon, of New Britian, Conn., were both booked on a slew of charges that include kidnapping, robbery and extortion.
They were arraigned on Saturday.