Man accused of attempting to extort Ouachita Parish police juror

Ricky Sanders - Source: OPSO

OUACHITA PARISH, La. (KNOE) - Authorities have arrested a man accused of trying to extort a Ouachita Parish police juror.

According to arrest records, Ricky Joe Sanders contacted the victim on Feb. 10, 2019, through text message, saying he had photographs of the victim. Sanders allegedly told the victim that he would post the messages for members of the police jury to see if the victim didn't give him $2,000.

The victim was instructed to place the money in a mailbox on Brown Street. The report indicates that the victim placed an envelope in the box and Sanders appeared about 30 seconds later, opening the mailbox. However, deputies had been notified of the exchange and were waiting to arrest Sanders.

Sanders was booked at the Ouachita Correctional Center on a charge of extortion.