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UPDATE: Escaped Inmates Arrested In Florida; Linked to Other Crimes

UPDATED: Thursday, July 26, 2012 --- 4:55p.m.

Information from NBC affiliate in Tampa Bay, FL:

Two men arrested in the Sunday beating of a 71-year-old convenience store clerk in Seffner were escaped fugitives from Wisconsin, deputies said.

James Newman, 29, and James Misleveck, 18, were taken into custody in Broward County on Wednesday and will be charged with the Seffner beating, said Debbie Carter, spokeswoman for the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office.

The suspects escaped from a Wisconsin correction facility July 17, where Newman was serving three years for firing a weapon into his girlfriend's home and Misleveck was serving three years for auto theft and arson, Carter said.

On July 18, Newman and Misleveck kidnapped a woman outside of Ho-Chunk Casino in Black River Falls, Wis., Carter said. The men took the woman's car and robbed her of $500 before releasing her unharmed, Carter said.

After the men were arrested in Broward, Hillsborough deputies learned that they matched the description of the suspects who confronted Hasimbhai Indawala at the convenience store on U.S. 92, in Seffner, Carter said.

A surveillance video from the store shows one man grabbing Indawala by the shirt and a second, holding a knife, forcing Indawala to open the cash register, detectives said.

The men then struck Indawala several times while he was on the floor before stealing several packs of cigarettes and leaving the store, detectives said.

Early Wednesday morning, Seminole Tribe police approached Newman and Misleveck, who were in a stolen Chrysler Concord at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Broward, Carter said.

A car chase took place, and the suspects also fled on foot before being arrested, Carter said.

Hillsborough detectives went to Broward to confirm that they were the same men wanted in the Seffner beating.

Newman and Misleveck will be charged by Hillsborough authorities with armed robbery and battery on the elderly.

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UPDATED Wednesday, July 25, 2012 --- 1:33 p.m.

BLACK RIVER FALLS, Wis. (AP) -- Two men suspected in a crime spree after walking away from a Wisconsin correctional center have been arrested in Florida.

Seminole Police Lt. David Carry says the two men were arrested early Wednesday in Hollywood, Fla., after a security guard at a local casino spotted them prowling around a parking lot.

Police tried stopping the vehicle, which sped away and eventually stopped. Carry says one of the men was arrested and the other took off running. The suspect was found hiding in a tree. Carry says when the suspect jumped down, he was arrested by a K-9 officer with help from the department's dog.

The fugitives walked away from a correctional boot camp at Black River Falls July 17. They're accused of stealing a gun, several vehicles and kidnapping and robbing a casino employee.

Copyright 2012. The Associated Press.

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UPDATED Wednesday, July 25, 2012 --- 9:30 a.m.

NBC15 News has learned the two inmates (James Misleveck and James Newman) that escaped from the Black River Correctional Center (on Tuesday, July 17) have been arrested.

According to the Wisconsin Department of Corrections, both men were apprehended by the Seminole Police Department in Hollywood, Florida earlier this morning.

More information about their arrests will be made available later today.

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UPDATED: Friday, July 20, 2012 --- 6:32p.m.

Release from Juneau County Sheriff's Department:

Two subjects, James Misleveck and James Newman, escaped from Black River Correctional on Tuesday.

They are believed to be in a stolen vehicle, a black Chrysler Concorde WI plate of 728TDX.

There have been reports of this vehicle in the Elroy and Hillsboro areas today. If you see them, do not approach them, please call 911 immediately.

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UPDATED: Friday, July 20, 2012 --- 5:25p.m.

Information from Vernon County Sheriff:

About 12:25p.m. Friday, a call came in from a concerned citizen saying they saw a black vehicle that somewhat matched the description of a vehicle the suspects might be driving.

Then at 1:15p.m. a caller who says he knows Misleveck, says he thinks he saw him and a passenger in a blue Toyota.

Police thought they might have ditched the black car for the blue one.

Officers searched the streets in Hillsboro but didn't find anything.

They also searched nearby townships but didn't find anything there either.

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UPDATED Friday, July 20, 2012 --- 10:40 a.m.

BLACK RIVER FALLS, Wis. (AP) -- Two men suspected in a crime spree after walking away from a Wisconsin correctional center are still on the run Friday.

Authorities say the fugitives stole a shotgun after fleeing from the Black River boot camp Tuesday, stole several vehicles and kidnapped and robbed a woman at a Black River Falls casino.

Jackson County sheriff's officials say the two commandeered the woman's SUV and forced her into the back seat at gunpoint. The woman told investigators the men asked her how to get to the interstate because they wanted to go to Minnesota. They drove to Tomah, then Sparta where the men stole a pickup truck. At some point, the woman escaped.

The Star Tribune (http://bit.ly/PqjMAa ) reports State Patrol troopers pursued the men after spotting them on I-90. The fugitives abandoned the pickup and ran into a cornfield.

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Information from: Star Tribune, http://www.startribune.com

Copyright 2012. The Associated Press.

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UPDATED Friday, July 20, 2012 --- 10:15 a.m.

From WEAU-TV:

MONROE COUNTY, Wis (WEAU) - An area sheriff says the FBI is now involved in the case of two escaped prison inmates.

Jackson County Sheriff Duane Waldera says the case is now big and complicated enough that the FBI has become involved. Waldera says the FBI will speak with his investigators tomorrow.

18-year-old James C. Misleveck and 29-year-old James R. Newman are still on the loose. Investigators now say they have stolen another car early Thursday morning.

When James Shepherd of Wilton woke up Thursday morning he noticed his car was gone.

“Right away I assumed because everyone was saying how close they were to us,” said Shepherd.

The prisoners ditched their stolen truck not even a mile away from Shepherd’s house. But even the news of fugitives on the loose wasn’t enough to break his old habit.

“I got home late last night from work and I was exhausted and I didn’t think. Since I’ve had my license I don’t think I’ve taken the keys out of my car,” said Shepherd.

The 1996 black Chrysler concord is still missing.

“We are trying to find it, it might be abandoned, these guys aren’t going to keep the car,” said Monroe County Sheriff, Pete Quirin.

“I got some stuff in there, I hope I see it again,” said Shepherd.

The police don’t know if the prisoners went north or south from Shepherd’s home but they do suspect they will be looking for family that lives in Wisconsin.

“Since one had family in the Mauston area they could be in that area,” said Sheriff Quirin.

Officers say the suspects took 3 cars and a shotgun Wednesday, and carjacked a woman taking her from Black River Falls to Sparta. They let her go unharmed. Then they led officers on a chase to Tomah, the Sheriff Quirin says it was frustrating not to catch them.

“The officers are disappointed. They were within grabbing range. The State and Monroe county were right behind them. I wish there were some things that could’ve happened a little faster," said Sheriff Quirin.

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UPDATED Thursday, July 19, 2012 --- 4:15 p.m.

Press Release:

(July 19, 2012 Black River Falls, WI) On July 18, 2012 at approximately 5:37 am Deb Lozano an employee at Ho-Chunk Gaming –Black River Falls was forced into the back seat of her own vehicle by two armed men that had escaped from the Black River Correctional Center. The kidnapping occurred as she was attempting to enter the facility from the employee parking lot at Ho-Chunk Gaming –Black River Falls.

The men held her captive for approximately 6 hours as they drove in her vehicle in search for another victim. Her journey finally ended in Sparta, WI when the escapees stole a different vehicle. Upon her release she fled across the street to a local business to alert law enforcement. The traumatic experience has left Lozano emotionally shaken but physical unharmed. Lozano stated, “I am glad that it was me and not anyone else.” She also went on to say, “I hope that law enforcement catches these guys as soon as possible and that nobody gets hurt.”

Lozano would like to express her gratitude for the friends and family that have shown tremendous support. In dealing with the traumatic events that transpired yesterday, she does not want to continue to re-live the event and asks for privacy until she’s ready to make further comments or answer questions.

The Ho-Chunk Nation will continue to work with local law enforcement for the safety of the community and patrons of Ho-Chunk Nation businesses.

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UPDATED Thursday, July 19, 2012 --- 9:05 a.m.

From WEAU-TV: --- It's been a day full of twists and turns in both Jackson and Monroe counties.

All of it started when the Jackson County Sheriff's Department got a report of two prisoners that literally walked out the front door of the minimum security Black River Correctional Center. The Jackson County Sheriff's Department said it happened sometime around 11:15 p.m. Tuesday night.

Then, on Wednesday morning police got a call about a shotgun stolen from a truck in Black River Falls around 6:00 a.m.

The day's events would take a bigger turn when a woman was carjacked at a Black River Falls casino. The suspects took her and the car to Sparta. Once there, they let her go unharmed and took another car.

Police chased the prisoners back to Tomah where they got away on foot.

At this point, police have some direction, but no concrete leads.

"We've got a rectangle quartered off," said Monroe County Sheriff Pete Quirin. "We think they're there but it's hard to tell since there's been nothing to indicate they're in that area, other than they abandoned their truck in that area," he added.

Police patrolled and searched the area this afternoon, looking for both prisoners. But Sheriff Quirin says by the time they got enough officers to the area, the men could have made a bigger move.

"You know they could well be out of the area, I know one of them lives in Mauston so maybe they're headed that way," Sheriff Quirin said.

On Wednesday night, Sheriff Quirin urged people living in eastern Monroe County to look their doors and be cautious. He says if both men are on foot near Tomah, their possibilities are limited.

"If these guys are gonna try and get out of here, they're either gonna try and steal a car or take a hostage like they did this morning, so that potential still exists," Sheriff Quirin said.

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Posted: Wednesday, July 18, 2012 --- 4:55p.m.

Two inmates walked away from the Black River Correctional Center in Jackson County.

The sheriff's department says it happened Tuesday around 11:15 p.m. The department was notified of two inmates who were missing from the correctional center, which is in the Town of Komensky, which is east of Black River Falls.

The inmates are 18-year-old James C. Misleveck, who is a white male, 6 feet tall, weighing 200lbs with brown hair and brown eyes, and 29-year-old James R. Newman, who is a white male, 5 feet 9 inches tall, weighing 165 lbs with brown hair and brown eyes.

Misleveck was convicted in Brown County for operating a vehicle without consent, burglary, and arson. Newman was convicted in Brown County for discharging a firearm.

Both were last seen wearing tan t-shirts, grey shorts and tennis shoes.

Officers are going to homes near I-90 in Tomah looking for the suspects and are using dogs to track the men. The Monroe County Sheriff tells our crew on the scene says there are more than 30 officers looking for the escapees on hundreds of acres of farmland.

Deputies say the inmates carjacked a woman near the casino in Black River Falls and took her in the car to the Sparta area where she was released unharmed. Deputies say the suspects took another car in that area and led officers on a chase to the Tomah area. Deputies tell us they are now on foot to the best of their knowledge. There's no word on if the suspects still have the shotgun they stole earlier today.


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