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Michael David Elliot, a 40-year-old man who was serving five life sentences for a quadruple murder conviction escaped from Ionia Correctional facility in Ionia, Mich. late Sunday night. After being on the run for about a day, police have said that he has been recaptured.
After escaping, Elliot then reportedly broke into a red Jeep Liberty, took the car, as well as the woman inside it, according to New York Daily News. When they stopped for gas in Elkhart, Ind., the woman slipped away from him and called the police. Dispatch advised the woman to tell him that she had to use the bathroom, lock herself in there and not leave.
In a report by CNN, a woman found the car abandoned in La Grange County, Ind. abandoned in the small town of Shipshewana, which is about 20 miles east of Elkhart.
Authorities have told the public to not get involved with Elliot. "We would advise anyone who sees the vehicle or they see Mr. Elliot to not take matters into their own hands," said Michigan State Police Lt. Troy Allen in a statement made Monday.
Daily News notes it is believed he originally escaped from prison wearing a cook's uniform.