Police say a convicted killer who made a brazen escape from a Michigan prison has been captured in Indiana.
Indiana State Police Sgt. Ron Galaviz says Michael David Elliot was captured Monday evening in LaPorte County, Indiana.
Galaviz says a sheriff's deputy investigating a vehicle theft spotted the stolen automobile and tried to make a stop. The suspect ran, but authorities were able to capture him.
Authorities say Elliott peeled a hole in two fences with his hands to escape from the Ionia Correctional Facility on Sunday night. They say he then abducted a woman and fled to Indiana, where the victim and her vehicle were safely recovered.
IONIA, Mich. – A convicted man serving a life sentence in Michigan has escaped from prison and allegedly abducted a woman before she escaped in Indiana, authorities said Monday.
At around 9:30 p.m. on Sunday, 40-year-old Michael David Elliot was determinedto be missing from the Ionia Correctional Facility, said Michigan Department of Corrections spokesman Russ Marlan via email.
Marlan said that Elliot may have abducted an Ionia woman using a knife or box cutter and drove roughly 100 miles southwest to Elkhart, Ind., to stop for gas. There, the woman managed to get away and call police.
Police made contact with the woman about 11:50 p.m. Sunday. Elliot had left the gas station and remained at large Monday morning, according to Marlan.
“Citizens should immediately call 911 if they observe anything suspicious or possibly become aware of the whereabouts of … Elliot,” Marlan said in the email.
Elliot is serving life sentences for first-degree murder and also has convictions for arson and armed robbery, according to the MDOC.
Michigan Department of Corrections officers are working with the state police and other law enforcement agencies to track down the fugitive.
All other inmates at the Ionia Correctional Facility have been accounted for, Marlan said.
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