Red Oak kidnapper still at-large

Authorities unsure which direction he traveled. Anyone with information is to call local law enforcement

RED OAK — Federal authorities are now involved in the search for a Red Oak man wanted for first-degree kidnapping and attempted murder.

According to a Red Oak Police report, that man — William Wayne Elliott, 57, of Red Oak — allegedly forced a 22-year-old woman into his basement Monday afternoon, doused her with gasoline and threatened to set her on fire.

The woman allegedly fought and escaped from Elliot’s house. She went immediately to the Montgomery County Law Enforcement Center. Elliot was not home when the officers forced entry into Elliot’s residence later Monday.

Elliot is still at-large as of this morning.

“We don’t know which direction he went,” said Red Oak Police Chief Drue Powers, “which is why we have the feds helping us out. We know he has contacts in various locations. Where is he? We don’t know.”

Powers considers Elliot dangerous.

“I don’t have time to tell you everything in his criminal history,” Powers said. “Let’s just say his record is lengthy.”

Powers said Elliott is described as a 5-foot, 11-inch, white male, weighing 140 pounds with brown hair, green eyes and multiple tattoos. Elliot is pictured, right.

Anyone with information of his whereabouts is urged to call their local law enforcement agency or Red Oak Police at 712-623-6500.

“If you see him, notify law enforcement,” reiterates Creston Police Chief Paul Ver Meer. “Do not confront him.”