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A Billings man has been charged with kidnapping, raping and assaulting a woman, after a botched drug deal prompted the man’s boss to torture her and order her held so he could later kill her.

Dustin Lee Legare, 23, was charged in justice court on Tuesday with kidnapping and sexual intercourse without consent, both felonies, and misdemeanor assault. Justice of the Peace Jeanne Walker set bond at $50,000 and required GPS monitoring should Legare be released.

Legare is accused of acting under the directive of his boss, Charles Arleigh Green, in the February 2017 incident. Another man, Charles Lashley, is named in court documents as Legare’s other boss and the owner of the garage where the woman was held and tortured for an estimated 14 hours.

Green and Lashley arranged for the woman to buy them meth and gave her $900, but the seller whom Green and Lashley had picked took the money and left, charges state.

Green then kidnapped the woman, with the help of Legare and Lashley, threatened to kill her and her family, forced her to take meth in an attempt to prevent her escape and used a stun gun to shock her multiple times, court records state.

Legare’s role, according to charges, was to drive the woman around the next day and try to find ways to come up with $900 to pay back Green for the money the drug dealer stole. While driving around, Legare sexually assaulted the woman and threatened her with a knife, charges state.

The ordeal took place in Yellowstone County over two days, from Feb. 23 to Feb. 25, 2017.

Green is being held in the Yellowstone County jail on bond of more than $1 million and has other cases, including one with 26 felony counts, pending.

Lashley was arrested Tuesday night by the Montana Violent Offender Task Force on anticipated charges of aggravated kidnapping, intimidation and two counts of assault with a weapon. He was arrested without incident at 2019 Eighth Ave. N., according to a press release from the U.S. Marshals Service.

Lashley appeared in Yellowstone County Justice Court on Wednesday after posting $75,000 bond early Wednesday morning. Lashley faces felony counts of aggravated kidnapping by accountability, intimidation, criminal drug possession and two counts of assault with a weapon by accountability. 


Justice Reporter

Justice reporter for the Billings Gazette.