The woman was able to get away and alert police, who later took
Michael David Elliot into custody in LaPorte, Indiana, after a car
chase, according to a statement by the LaPorte County Sheriff's
A sheriff's deputy spotted Elliot driving alone in a stolen vehicle
on Monday evening and tried to stop him, sparking a chase that ended
in a rural area of the county where police used spiked sticks to
stop Elliot's vehicle.
He was taken into custody after exiting the vehicle and attempting
to run, authorities said. He was being held in the LaPorte County
Jail without bond, the sheriff's department said.
Elliot escaped the Michigan prison at about 7 p.m. local time on
Sunday through perimeter fences at the facility in Ionia, where he
was serving four life sentences for 1993 murders, Michigan's
corrections department said.
Elliot did not use tools to get through the prison fences, but
apparently was able to adjust them with his hands to fit his body
through, according to Michigan Department of Corrections spokesman
Armed with a box cutter knife and a hammer, Elliot kidnapped a woman
in Ionia and forced her to travel for about 100 miles before
stopping at a gas station in the area of Middlebury, Indiana,
according to the LaGrange County sheriff's website.
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The woman called police while Elliot was pumping gas, and emergency
dispatchers advised her to go inside the gas station and lock
herself in the restroom, the statement said. Elliot paid for the
gasoline and drove away.
Elliot was convicted of four murders in connection with an armed
robbery of a residence in 1993. According to court records, Elliot
was also convicted of arson.
(Reporting by Jon Herskovitz, David Bailey and Mary Wisniewski;
editing by Lisa Von Ahn, Leslie Adler, Lisa Shumaker and Ken Wills)
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