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Michael David Elliot: Brazen criminal escape after 20 years, massive alert set

Michael David Elliot is now being actively sought this week after the criminal made a brazen escape this Sunday night from a Michigan state prison. A massive alert has recently been set throughout the entire U.S. nation to let the public know of the individual jailbreak. MSN News reveals this Monday, Feb. 3, 2014, that a widespread manhunt continues this Monday for the convicted killer who is known to have fled to Indiana as of this morning.

Photo of Michael David Elliot, prison escapee
Twitter Photo File, MyFoxDetroit Screenshot

Michael David Elliot is said to have made a brazen getaway from a northern Michigan prison that included him peeling a big enough hole through two fences with only his hands in order to flee. Following his escape after 20 years of good behavior behind bars, he was confirmed to have abducted a woman and stolen a vehicle. Fortunately, the female victim has been found and recovered alive and well, though the criminal escapee is still at large.

According to the press release on the shocking jailbreak that seems to have come straight out of a movie:

“Officials were stunned by the straightforward and daring escape Sunday night of Michael David Elliot, who had a record of good behavior during his 20 years in custody. He wore a white civilian kitchen uniform to evade security and blend in with snow at the Ionia Correctional Facility in western Michigan, prisons spokesman Russ Marlan said.”

Prison fences are normally equipped with highly advanced forms of technology, including a number of motion sensors, to immediately alert nearby guards if any attempted escape occurs. However, Michael David Elliot somehow managed to make it past both motion detectors and electric current fences — though it is believed that the fences were not activated for some reason, as no visible evidence of shocking was said to have occurred to the convicted killer, according to the female victim — in his escape.

"It appears that did not happen. ... He was not zapped with electricity, and he was not picked up by the motion sensors," Marlan added.

The 40-year-old Elliot was said to have then stolen a woman’s vehicle, a Jeep, as well as abducting her in nearby Ionia before fleeing to Indiana. According to the woman’s statement, she managed to escape from him during a brief stop at a gas station. Using a concealed cell phone, she called 911 and locked herself inside a bathroom. Although she claimed that the convicted killer and prison escapee had banged on the door to get to her, he was forced to leave the scene as police arrived to rescue her.

The woman’s red Jeep has also been discovered in Shipshewana this Monday afternoon.

"Residents in Shipshewana and surrounding areas: lock your residences and stay indoors. Only answer door for law enforcement," the LaGrange County, Ind., sheriff's department said.

The massive alert surrounding Michael David Elliot continues and has been notified to all law enforcement defenders across the U.S. nation. The woman said to police that Elliot had alleged to her he wanted to flee as far from the Michigan prison site as possible, having been an inmate behind bars for 20 years and “never wanted to go back.”

"We had dog teams. We had a helicopter from the state police," said Michigan Corrections Department Director Dan Heyns. "The response was good but he'd left the area by the time we were mobilized totally 100 percent. It didn't take him long to get down to Indiana. ... His flight path now has expanded dramatically."

Nothing in the guard report hints at this time that the brazen escape was a combination effort.

“It appears this was an entirely one-man operation."

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