Some aspiring musicians say they would do anything to make their dreams a reality. Music industry wannabes Andres Lozano and Ryan Mixon took that sentiment to a very literal extreme, when they kidnapped and extorted their former business partner and amateur record producer John Fontein.
On Thursday night at Greenwich Village restaurant Pera Soho, Lozano and Mixon sat down with Fontein to secure a $50,000 record deal. Lozano and Mixon are being described as rappers by several publications, but the New York Post describes Lozano as a talent scout, and Mixon as a producer. Fontein is an aspiring music producer, and notably, the son of wealthy Goldman Sachs broker Andrew Fontein.
When Fontein informed them he was backing out of the deal, Lozano and Mixon threatened to harm Fontein’s girlfriend and family with guns and knives. The duo then allegedly brandished a gun, and demanded a one thousand dollar down payment, with the remainder of the $50,000 to be delivered the following day. When Fontein was unable to acquire that much money via an ATM, he offered them his credit card. The three of them took a cab ride to the Apple Store on Fifth Avenue, where Fontein purchased the men $3,800 worth of iPad Minis and laptops before they let him go. Complex reports that Fontein even splurged, and went for the extended warranties on the products, because really, it’s going to end up saving them money in the future.
After being freed, instead of securing the rest of the $50,000 Lozano and Mixon believed they were owed, Fontein went directly to the police. When the kidnappers showed up at Pera Soho the following day, expecting to collect the rest of their bounty, the police arrested the men immediately, charging them with kidnapping, robbery, and extortion.
If Lozano and Mixon knew anything about the music industry, they’d be dropping a single today to capitalize on all of this publicity.
Below, you can check out a video of the victim in action, producing a track in the studio: