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Butte County deputies: Man drags woman by leash

A man is wanted in Butte County for leading his ex-girlfriend’s sister around by a rope and threatening to kill her if she didn’t divulge the whereabouts of her sibling.

Butte County Sheriff’s Deputies say that Michael James Carter, 38, terrorized several people, all the while using a rope leash to drag around the unidentified woman.

The violent episode began late Tuesday night at a property in the 6200 block of the Oroville-Bangor Highway in Bangor, a small, rural community southeast of Oroville.

Carter’s girlfriend was not on the property when, deputies said, Carter attacked her sister, who was alone in one of the residences.

Carter bound the woman’s hands and tied a rope around her, leading her as if on a leash to another home on the property, deputies said.

In the second home, he hit the mother and mother-in-law of the bound victim with his hands, according to a sheriff’s department press release. When a male relative came out of another room, Carter allegedly attacked him with a big stick.

Dragging the bound woman into the yard, he forced her into a vehicle before her father, armed with a firearm, chased him away on foot.

In addition to being sought for suspicion of kidnapping, false imprisonment and battery, Carter is wanted on unrelated charges by the California Department of Corrections and the Sonoma County Sheriff’s Office.

He is described as white, bald, 5 feet 6 inches tall and about 130 pounds. He may be driving a blue, 2000 Lincoln Navigator sport utility vehicle, California license plate number 7BVP219.

Call The Bee’s Bill Lindelof, (916) 321-1079.