Texarkana Man Arrested for Extortion Against “The Voice” Contestant Cole Vosbury of Shreveport
A Texarkana, Arkansas, man has been arrested on a Caddo Parish Sheriff's warrant for extorting Cole Vosbury, a contestant on the television music competition "The Voice."
Caddo Sheriff Steve Prator said Harold Glen Martin spoke with Vosbury several months ago about performing at a benefit concert. The deal was never finalized, and Vosbury left the area to compete on "The Voice" in California. Once the program featuring Vosbury began airing on national TV, Martin threatened to defame Vosbury in the national media unless he agreed to perform multiple free concerts at Martin's discretion.
Caddo Sheriff's Detective Bobby Herring investigated the case and says there's no proof that Martin ever intended to produce a benefit concert. He also says Martin's threats have intensified as Vosbury's popularity has grown.
Martin was arrested at his home by the Texarkana, Arkansas, Police Department. He is expected to be transferred to Caddo Parish today.
According to family members, neither they nor Vosbury will be making any statements at this time.