US police hunt murderer who fled jail, kidnapped woman
US authorities launched a manhunt on Monday for a murderer who escaped jail before kidnapping a terrified a woman and making her drive with him for hours.
Michael David Elliot, 40, was serving life sentences at a prison in Ionia, Michigan for the 1993 murders of four people.
The mustachioed man with receding brown hair was wearing a blue and orange prison uniform when he escaped on Sunday night, Michigan State police said.
He armed himself with a hammer and box cutter before forcing himself into a woman's red Jeep at 8.00 pm. He made her give him black cargo pants, a white turtleneck and a jacket to change into.
The woman managed to hide her cell phone and was able to call police for help when they stopped to refuel in Middlebury, Indiana around midnight.
The dispatcher told her to go inside the station and lock herself in the bathroom and then used GPS data and the woman's hurried description of her surroundings to find her, the county sheriff's department said.
Elliot fled in the Jeep before police arrived. The vehicle was discovered abandoned in a parking lot in neighboring Shipshewana, Indiana at 1.00 pm on Monday.
Schools in the area were placed on lockdown and residents were advised to stay indoors until Elliot was found.