LAPORTE COUNTY, INDIANA (WKZ0) --Sheriffs Deputies from LaPorte County have recaptured Michael David Elliot, an escaped murderer from Michigan.
After abandoning a car-jacked Jeep in Shipshewana, Michael Elliot apparently found a Monte Carlo that had been left by its owner to warm-up, unattended. Elliot jumped into it and sped away. The owner called Police and reported it.
Sergeant Ron Galaviz with the Indiana State Police says an officer spotted the Monte Carlo, not knowing who was inside and gave chase.
They report that Elliot abandoned the vehicle after deputies used stop strips to blow out the tires, and made a run for it but, they chased him down and he was taken into custody. He is now being held in the LaPorte County Jail.
Michigan Corrections Spokesman Russ Marlin says they will begin extradition procedures as soon as they can, and begin the investigation into what he did while he was on the run.
But the fact is that Elliot is already serving life without parole, and there isn't much more they can do to punish him, except put him in a much more restrictive prison. That would seem to be a likely outcome of his escape alone.
State prison officials say Elliot was able to get a white kitchen uniform, which helped in his escape, as he made his way across the snow covered yard and slipped under two fences to freedom.
Elliott allegedly abducted a woman and forced her to drive her jeep south into Elkhart, Indiana, where the woman escaped by locking herself in a gas station restroom.
Officials say Elliot was armed with a box cutter and had not changed his appearance at the time of his escape.
He had been believed to be driving a red 2004 Jeep Liberty, which he stole from his victim, but the vehicle was abandoned in Shipshewana.
That town spent most of the afternoon on lockdown while police when from door to door with guns drawn, looking for Elliot.
The state's Department of Corrections director, Dan Heyns says they are investigating his escape and steps are already being taken to prevent future escapes.
The Union that represents Corrections Gaurds says now that Elliot has done it, others will try and a decision by the state to vacate gun towers and end perimeter patrols will increase their likelihood of success. They blame the Snyder administration for the cuts.
Governor Rick Snyder was asked about the union's warnings during a campaign stop in Grand Rapids but deferred comment, only saying that it will all be fully investigated.