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Man Brutally Attacks, Kidnaps Family Members in Search for Ex-Girlfriend

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Photo of Michael James Carter provided by Butte County Sheriff's Office

Photo of Michael James Carter provided by Butte County Sheriff’s Office


A man is on the run after allegedly tying up a woman, threatening her and her family and beating up her family, all in his search for an ex-girlfriend.

Just after midnight, Wednesday morning, 38-year-old Michael Carter showed up at a property near Bangor, which is south of Oroville. Carter was looking for his ex. Investigators say he attacked his ex-girlfriend’s sister who was home alone. When she said she didn’t know where her sister was, Carter bound her hands, and tied a rope around her to use as a leash and pulled her to another home.

At the other home on the property, Carter hit two women and attacked a man with a large stick. The victims are related to the woman Carter had attacked and tied up.

He then dragged the first victim outside, forced her into a car and tried to kidnap her.

The victim’s father showed up with a gun, and Carter took off running. He has not been located at this time.

He is described as a bald white man, standing about 5’ 6” tall and 130 pounds.  He may be driving a blue, 2000 Lincoln Navigator bearing California license 7BVP219.

Butte County Sheriff’s deputies are looking for Carter in connection with the kidnapping, threats and attacks Wednesday morning.

The California Department of Corrections and Sonoma County Sheriff’s deputies are also looking for Carter on unrelated charges.