Police detain an attorney, a close Travolta family friend and a paramedic, according to reports

By People Staff
Updated January 23, 2009 08:15 PM
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Two prominent Bahamian citizens and a paramedic were detained in the Bahamas in an alleged extortion scheme targeting John Travolta following the death of his son, according to reports.

Pleasant Bridgewater, an island attorney and lawmaker, has been held for questioning since Thursday, and ambulance driver Tarino Lightbourne was being detained on Friday, the Associated Press reports.

Obie Wilchcombe, the island’s former Minister of Tourism and a friend of the Travoltas, was also arrested but later released, according to TMZ.com.

Police did not disclose the exact nature of the alleged plot. But Lightbourne was quoted in tabloid reports about trying to revive Travolta’s son, 16-year-old Jett, who died at the family’s vacation home in Grand Bahama.

Wilchcombe spoke on Larry King Live about how the Travoltas were coping with the death.