Butte County kidnapping leads to two arrests

The Butte County Sheriff's Office is reporting that two suspects were arrested and convicted in connection to a kidnapping.

According to officials, investigators learned on March 4, 2016 that a woman was allegedly kidnapped. They believed it was related to illegal marijuana activity in Butte County.

Deputies said that they learned the victim and her assailants were at a McDonalds in Gridley. Gridley police officers responded and helped in the arrest of Demetrius Cortez Elliot.

Elliot was arrested for kidnapping and using a firearm during the kidnapping. He is now serving 29 years in state prison.

Investigators said they continued to look into the case when they learned that Antonio Martez Woodard was the ring leader in the conspiracy to kidnap the woman. Officials said that when they discovered his involvement, Woodard had already left California to North Carolina.

Detectives obtained a felony arrest warrant for Woodard, which led to Woodard being arrested once in North Carolina and a second time in Oregon. Both times, Woodard posted bail and was released. Officials noted that Woodard was recently arrested again in North Carolina, on kidnapping charges, and brought back to Butte County.

Woodward was convicted on May 9 and sentenced to 13 years 4 months in state prison. This was the maximum sentence allowed by law.

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