A convicted killer who escaped from a correctional facility in Ionia, Michigan, about 100 miles north of the Indiana-Michigan state line, was captured about 24-hours later in northwest Indiana. 40-year-old Michael David Elliot was taken into custody in La Porte County Monday night.
Here's the full news release announcing the capture from the La Porte County Sheriff's Office:
The La Porte County Sheriff’s Office has announced that Michael David Elliot has been captured in La Porte County and is now being held in the La Porte County Jail. On Monday, February 3, 2014, at 5:16 pm CST, La Porte County Sheriff’s Deputies were alerted about a vehicle that had just been stolen in the City of La Porte.
The stolen vehicle was identified as a black 2002 Chevrolet Monte Carlo and within moments of the dispatch, Deputy Slawek Czupryna observed the vehicle traveling south on Boyd Blvd. Deputy Czupryna attempted to initiate a traffic stop but the driver refused to stop and lead deputies on a pursuit into the rural area of La Porte County. At 5:28 pm., Stop Sticks were deployed and the vehicle was ultimately disabled as a result of striking the Stop Sticks. As the driver attempted to exit the vehicle and flee he was taken into custody. There were no injuries as the result of the pursuit and stop.
The driver, who was the lone occupant of the vehicle, was transported to the La Porte County Jail. After consultation with Michigan Department of Correction and Michigan State Police, the suspect was positively identified as 40 year Michael David Elliot who is wanted for escaping the Ionia Correctional Facility in the State of Michigan. He is being charged in La Porte County with Motor Vehicle Theft and Resisting Law Enforcement, both class “D” felonies. He is currently being held in the La Porte County Jail without bond.
Sheriff Michael Mollenhauer credits the keen observation skills of Deputy Slawek Czupryna that enabled him to spot the stolen vehicle. He also credited deputies from the Sheriff’s Office who were able to take Elliot into custody without injury to the public, the suspect or themselves.