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Carjacked woman calls 911 for help; escaped convict re-captured

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ELKHART COUNTY, Ind. -

A big scare is over after a convict was re-captured after he broke out of prison.

Michael David Elliot escaped from a Michigan prison Sunday night.  He was re-captured the following day in Indiana, but not before he carjacked a woman who was able to call 911 for help.

40-year-old Elliot was serving a life sentence for killing four people.

While driving the woman's car and holding her prisoner, they headed south -- and then they needed gas.  While Elliot paid for gas at a station in Elkhart County, Indiana -- about 130 miles east of Chicago, his hostage was outside in the car, calling 911 from a cell phone she'd hidden -- with a chilling message.

"I am hostage to an escaped convict."

Instead of telling her to run away, the 911 dispatcher told her to go inside the gas station into the women's bathroom.

"I said you need to figure out how to get into the gas station.  Tell him you need to use the restroom or something.  I said do not hang up the phone.  Keep an open phone somehow," said Heather Lock.

The bathroom became the hostage's fortress.

Elliot beat on the door.

Lock: "Is that him?"

Caller: "Yes.. he's knocking on the bathroom door, saying let's go."

Lock: "I do not want you to talk.. don't want him to hear you talking, but stay in the bathroom, okay?"

Caller: "Okay."

Lock: "You're doing a very good job."

Police caught up to Elliot and he's back behind bars.

A 911 supervisor here in Arizona says the dispatcher in Indiana handled it perfectly.

"Basically told her to shelter in place in bathroom... segregate self from him.  At this point, she has a physical barrier between her and the assailant," said Danny Lawson of the Phoenix Fire Department.

Quick thinking and common sense.  That's what being a 911 dispatcher is all about.

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