LaPorte, IN, United States (4E) – A convicted killer’s daring escape from a Michigan prison ended in Indiana, where he was captured on Monday.
LaPorte police chased Michael Elliot, 40, after he tried to steal a car at Aero Metals on East Lincolnway and caught him around 6:30 p.m. He is now detained at the LaPorte County Jail.
Elliot, who is serving five life sentences at the Ionia Correctional Facility for conviction of four murders in 1993, was discovered missing on Sunday night. Prison officials learned he escaped two to three hours earlier by using a white kitchen uniform that camouflaged him from multiple security cameras and interior and perimeter fences.
He dug a hole at the bottoms of two perimeter fences to leave the maximum security facility and drove 100 miles to Elkhart County using a carjacked vehicle, whose driver he held hostage with a box cutter.
As the manhunt was launched, Elliot and his woman hostage stopped in Marathon to refuel around 11 p.m. The hostage used a concealed cellphone to call the police and she was instructed to hid in the bathroom and lock the door.
Elliot then drove away with her car, a red Jeep Liberty. He apparently ran out of gas in Shipshewana on Monday afternoon. From a resident’s tip, Indiana State Police found the stolen car in the 400 block of North State Street. Police then searched the area for the fugitive and locked down on school as a precaution. Elliot was caught later.