IONIA, Mich. (AP) -
A convicted killer captured in a stolen car in Indiana after a daring
one-day escape from a Michigan prison has been charged with kidnapping and
other crimes, officials said Tuesday.
The charges were
filed in Ionia County, Mich., while police were hunting for Michael David
Elliot, who was arrested Monday night in LaPorte County, Ind., more than 150
miles from the Ionia Correctional Facility.
Elliot, 40, was
charged with escape, kidnapping and carjacking, according to the Ionia
County District Court. He is accused of escaping through two prison fences
Sunday night and then stealing a Jeep with a woman inside while armed with a
The woman escaped
when they stopped for gas in Elkhart County, Ind. The Jeep was later found
abandoned in nearby Shipshewana, Ind. By evening, Elliot was captured in
another stolen vehicle in LaPorte County, Ind.
Michigan now will
seek to extradite Elliot.
The woman whom
Elliot abducted was able to call 911 from a concealed cellphone while Elliot
was pumping gas at the store near Middlebury, Ind.
In the 911 call,
the woman calmly tells the dispatcher her location and says she has been
“I’m hostage to an
escaped convict from Ionia Correctional Facility in Ionia, Mich.,” the woman
says, according to a recording of the 911 call.
On the dispatcher’s
advice, she ran to a restroom and locked herself inside. Elliot knocked on
the door, but the woman stayed locked in there until police arrived.
launched a door-to-door hunt of the area, but didn’t track Elliot down until
hours later after getting a report of a car stolen from a factory in the
city of LaPorte, said sheriff’s Maj. John Boyd. A deputy who happened to be
nearby spotted the Chevrolet Monte Carlo “within a few seconds,” he said.
Elliot tried to run
but he was arrested and taken to jail, where he was being held without bond,