A Maine man was arrested in Ohio for allegedly being simultaneously married to several women, police said.
Michael Middleton, 43, is accused of tying the knot with at least three women in three different states, all of whom were apparently unaware that they were not his one and only wife, authorities said.
Middleton, whom police dubbed a “cupid of chaos,” allegedly married Alicia Grant in Dover, New Hampshire, in 2013, despite already being married to Katherine Lashley in Georgia and Kassandra Shipley in Alabama, according to an indictment filed in January in Strafford County, New Hampshire.
Grant told reporters she was allegedly scammed out of $20,000 by her new beau, who she said convinced her to buy him a car.
“I bought him a Z/28 Camaro,” she told Newsweek.
She also claimed he was abusive.
“He makes you feel special, he makes you feel like he actually cares about you, and then he marries you, abuses you, drains your assets and leaves,” Grant told WMTW-TV.
Eventually the three women found out about each other, and Grant filed a report with police, which sent prosecutors digging into Middleton’s past. They said they found he had three valid marriage certificates.
Middleton was indicted on a bigamy charge Jan. 18 and was scheduled to be arraigned last Thursday at Strafford County Superior Court in Dover. But prosecutors said Middleton was a no-show.
Then last Friday, deputies with the Franklin County Sheriff’s office in Ohio acting on a tip arrested Middleton in the Columbus area.
“Third time’s NOT a charm,” the sheriff’s office quipped when it announced Middleton’s arrest.
Middleton faces numerous charges in several states, including bigamy and domestic violence in New Hampshire, as well as domestic violence, violation of protection order, driving under the influence, driving without a valid license and violating conditions of release in Maine.
He is currently being held in the Franklin County Corrections Center. He has an extradition hearing based on the charges in the warrant issued by Maine scheduled for Friday.