Michigan Fugitive Captured in LaPorte
A convicted murderer who escaped from a Michigan prison is back behind bars after authorities tracked him to La Porte County, Indiana. Michael David Elliot escaped from the Ionia Correctional Facility Sunday evening.
According to a press release from the Michigan Department of Corrections, Elliot carjacked a woman near Ionia and drove south into Indiana. The woman was able to escape by locking herself in a bathroom and notifying law enforcement while the two were stopped at a gas station just south of the Michigan/Indiana state line. The woman’s Jeep Liberty was located Monday afternoon abandoned in a parking lot in Shipshewana, Indiana.
At approximately 5:32pm Monday, La Porte Police Officers responded to a vehicle theft in progress at Aero Metals, 402 Darlington St. According to La Porte County Police, city police spotted the vehicle and pursued it east out of the city limits. La Porte County Sheriff Deputies took over the pursuit and Elliot was taken into custody. Michigan State Police and the U.S. Marshals Service were also involved in the manhunt.
Elliot is serving four life sentences for the 1993 shooting deaths of four people during a robbery. Officials say the extradition process to return Elliot to Michigan will begin immediately.