Escaped Ionia Inmate Back in Custody

Posted at 5:53 AM, Feb 04, 2014
and last updated 2014-02-04 06:05:28-05

LAPORTE COUNTY, Ind. — Michael Elliot was arrested in LaPorte County, Ind., Monday, nearly a day after escaping from the Ionia Correctional Facility.

Elliot, 40, was apprehended after a short car chase following an attempted traffic stop, according to LaPorte County Sheriff’s Department.  He is expected to be arraigned on new charges in Indiana on Tuesday morning, before the extradition process begins to bring him back to Michigan.

Elliot identified himself upon being taken into custody, police said.  He stole four vehicles total before his arrest.

“After the pursuit had ended, and he was actually put in custody, then he identified himself that he was Michael Elliot,” said Deputy Slawek Czupryna, one of the arresting officers.  “At first, me and Deputy Wright, we’re the ones that actually apprehended him. We kind of looked at each other and said, ‘This could not be the person that we’re looking for.’ But it ended up being that person that escaped from Michigan.”


Michael Elliot’s mug shot after his arrest in Indiana

Elliot escaped the correctional facility in Ionia Sunday night, abducted a woman in Ionia, and allegedly forced her to drive him as far as Middlebury, Ind., before she escaped.

An intense manhunt was underway in across state lines following Elliot’s escape.  He was convicted of four murders in 1994.