- Associated Press - Monday, February 3, 2014

MIDDLEBURY, Ind. (AP) - Police in northern Indiana say a woman abducted by a convicted murderer from Michigan was able to get away by locking herself in a convenience store restroom.

The LaGrange County Sheriff’s Department says 40-year-old Michael David Elliot forced his way into the woman’s SUV after he escaped Sunday from Ionia Correctional Facility in mid-Michigan.

The department says she was able to call 911 from a concealed cellphone while he was pumping gas at the store near the northern Indiana town of Middlebury. A dispatcher told the woman to get inside a locked restroom. Elliot knocked on the restroom door, but the woman stayed inside until police officers arrived.

The woman told police Elliot told her he wanted to get as far away as possible from the Michigan prison.

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