Michigan Inmate Escaped Prison, Abducted Woman, Now Recaptured

IONIA, Mich. (CNN)-- Police say they have arrested convicted murderer Michael David Elliot in LaPorte County, Iindiana Monday evening.

Officials say he escaped Sunday night, kidnapped a woman and stole her car to make his getaway.

She later got free and called the police when the two stopped for gas.

Elliot wasconvicted of four murders from 1993 and escaped from a Michigan prison.

Corrections officials said they discovered Michael David Elliot was missing from the Ionia Correctional Facility in central Michigan on Sunday night.

"It appears he abducted the woman from Ionia using a knife or box cutter and drove to Elkhart, IN where they stopped for gas," Russell L. Marlan of the Michigan Department of Corrections said in a written statement. "The woman was able to escape at the gas station in Indiana and call police."

According to court documents, Elliot was convicted in the August 1993 murders of Vickie Currie, her boyfriend Michael Tufnell, his brother Bruce Tufnell as well as Kathy Lane, CNN affiliate WXMI reported.

Elliot and three others hatched a plan to steal drug money, WXMI said, and after they didn't find the money, Elliot and another man killed the four victims and set Michael Tufnell's house on fire.

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