Fugitive Calls WOWT 6 News, Surrenders

By: Mike McKnight, John Chapman Email
By: Mike McKnight, John Chapman Email
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A fugitive who called WOWT 6 News saying he's innocent but tired of being chased, turned himself in to police in Red Oak, Iowa Wednesday morning.

William Elliott of Red Oak has been on the lam since being accused of dousing a 22-year old woman with gasoline and trying to set her on fire. He is being held at the Montgomery County Jail on $100,000 bond. "It's insane, I don't know what to think of it. I mean, people here know me. I don't want this hanging over me."

Mike McKnight talked to Elliott by phone for the exclusive Fact Finders story. The 57-year-old Elliott claimed he had a volatile relationship with the victim, but denies he forced her into the basement of his house and doused her with gasoline.

McKnight asked, "So you had no intention to hurt her?"

Elliott said, "Hell no."

Police say the victim fought back and escaped. Elliott claims the victim voluntarily went into his basement to help him sort through items to sell online. He says she complained about his use of gasoline to clean wood while smoking. He said to put her at ease he was going to put out his cigarette in the gas to prove it wouldn't explode.

"So I put my cigarette in the gasoline and she grabs my (expletive) arm and gas goes all over both of us. I looked up from getting the gas on me and realized I was being stabbed. She stabbed me about five or six times. I got one hole in my throat down low that was wide open when that happened. It was spewing blood." He says the wound is infected.

After walking away from the house, Elliott says a friend picked him up but he didn't go to the hospital. He won't reveal who is helping him and the phone he used has a blocked number.

He claimed he called authorities. "Then they told me they were charging me with kidnapping and attempted murder and I said are you guys out of your mind?"

WOWT 6 News spoke with Red Oak Police Chief Drue Powers Tuesday about Elliot’s call to WOWT. Chief Powers said Elliott was still considered an active fugitive. A warrant was out for his arrest.

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