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By David K. Li
A man dubbed the “Cupid of Chaos” was arrested in Ohio and accused of bigamy, with marriages to at least four women in as many states, authorities said Tuesday.
Michael Middleton, 43, is being held without bail in a Columbus jail, awaiting an extradition hearing scheduled for Friday, Franklin County Sheriff’s records show.
He’s being held on an outstanding warrant for an alleged domestic violence incident out of Maine.
But his bigger legal issue will be his current marriages in New Hampshire, Alabama, Georgia and Kentucky, according to NBC affiliate WCMH-TV in Columbus.
“I know there are multiple wives, I know of at least four and possibly a fifth,” Franklin County Sheriff’s spokesman Marc Gofstein told NBC News on Tuesday.
Middleton was charged in January with one count of bigamy out of Strafford County, New Hampshire, officials said. He did not appear at his arraignment last Thursday.
Middleton was picked up in Columbus on Friday on the outstanding warrant on the Maine charge after a tipster called sheriff’s dispatchers, telling them about the man’s multiple marriages and where he was staying in town, according to Gofstein.
Specifically, the tipster cited a Newsweek story which explained Middleton’s alleged trail of broken hearts and emptied bank accounts, Gofstein said.
“This ‘Cupid of Chaos’ is now awaiting extradition in our jail,” the Franklin County Sheriff’s Department tweeted.
Ashley Climer, 25, and Middleton were married in April 2016 in Williamsburg, Kentucky, after they met on Facebook a month earlier, according to her.
“It disgusts me, it hurts me,” she told WCMH. “I don’t know how he could say he loved me and just lied to my face.”