SHIPSHEWANA, Ind. (WLNS) – Police say Michael David Elliot, 40, escaped from prison on Sunday around 7 p.m. while wearing a white kitchen uniform. Indiana police are now saying he's armed and dangerous.
Officials say the prisoner got past guards and peeled a hole through two fences. They add fences have electric currents and motion sensors, neither of which triggered.
Elliot was last seen in Shipshewana, Indiana after the red Jeep Liberty he stole was found abandoned in a back parking lot of an apartment complex. Police have since put all nearby schools on lockdown and are searching the Sulky Downs Apartment Complex.
Police say Elliot abducted a woman from Ionia using a knife or box cutter, but she got away when Elliot stopped for gas at a Marathon gas station in Middlebury, Indiana. He then drove just seven miles east, where the Jeep was found.
Northern Indiana has gone into lockdown after police are urging residents there to only open the door to law enforcement.
Elliot reportedly has a relative in the Nashville area. Nashville police have also been alerted and are aware of Elliot's escape.
Court records describe the 1993 case against Michael David Elliot. He was 20-years-old when four people were fatally shot in a robbery in mid-Michigan's Gladwin County. Police say Elliot and his accomplices were trying to steal money from a drug dealer.
He was arrested a few days later and possessed a gun that was tied to the slayings. One of Elliot's co-defendants testified against him, saying he laughed about shooting the victims in the head. He was convicted for four counts of first degree murder, armed robbery, arson, entering without breaking and possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony, sending him to prison for life without parole.
Despite the violent crimes that put him behind bars, Elliot was only listed as a "medium security prisoner" because of good behavior.
He is described as a white man, 5'8" and 165 pounds with brown hair and brown eyes. If you see escaped prisoner Michael Elliot or have any information, call Michigan State Police (616) 527-5616.
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