Bartow sheriff: Suspect in child’s abduction (she’s now home safe) sought on kidnapping, assault, stalking and weapon charges.

Bartow sheriff: Suspect in child’s abduction (she’s now home safe) sought on kidnapping, assault, stalking and weapon charges.

An abduction that triggered an Amber alert for a 2-year-old girl has turned into a manhunt now that the child is safely back with her mother, according to the Bartow County Sheriff’s Office.

A Thursday morning media release (below) states that Ricky Lee Buttrom, 25, is sought on numerous charges includingL

  • Kidnapping
  • Aggravated assault
  • Aggravated stalking
  • Possession of a firearm by a convicted felon
  • Possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime.

Buttrom is described as a black male, standing 6 feet 7 inches, weighing 193 pounds with brown hair nd brown eyes. He was last seen driving a blue 2017 Toyota RAV 4 with a Georgia tag reading CPF9791.

If spotted, please call 911 of the Bartow sheriff’s office at 770-382-5050, extension 6030.


Media release: According to Sheriff Clark Millsap, on Wednesday, December 1, 2021, at approximately 1836 hours, Deputies were
dispatched to 162 Aztec Way SE in Acworth, Bartow County, in reference to a domestic dispute.

The Victim reported Suspect/ Ricky Buttrom, her two children, and herself had been living at this location for
several months. The Victim told Deputies, Ricky had not assaulted the children or herself this date but she wanted
to leave due to his behavior. Ricky advised the Victim she could leave however she did have a vehicle. The Victim
contacted a friend to come pickup the children and herself and drive them to another location for the evening.

It was reported to Deputies, Ricky answered the door with a handgun when the friend arrived to pick up the Victim
and pointed the gun at her. The Victim and her friend left the location and called 911.

Deputies arrived at the incident location and attempted to make contact with Ricky and the children. Deputies

were given access into the residence by the Victim and the Victim’s son was located standing just inside the front
door. Deputies cleared the residence but Ricky and juvenile daughter/ Cataleya Marie Buttrom who is two years of
age were not located inside the residence. Ricky was reported as being Cataleya’s biological father but has not
been legitimized.

The Bartow County Sheriff’s Office issued an Amber Alert for Cataleya and notified other law enforcement
agencies. At approximately 2349 hours, the Bartow County Sheriff’s Office received confirmation from the
Paulding County E911 Center, Cataleya had been located and reunited with her mother and was in good health.

Ricky Lee Buttrom, 25, described as being a black male, 6’7”, 193 lbs, brown hair, and brown eyes is wanted for
charges of Kidnapping, Aggravated Assault, Aggravated Stalking, Possession of a Firearm by a Convicted Felon, and
Possession of Firearm during the Commission of a Crime. Ricky is possibly driving a 2017, Toyota RAV4, blue in
color, bearing Georgia license plate CPF9791.

Anyone with information or known whereabout of Ricky Lee Buttrom is asked to call 911 or the Bartow County
Sheriff’s Office, Criminal Investigation Division at 770-382-5050 ext. 6030.

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