2 Wisconsin fugitives arrested in Florida

Escapees are facing federal charges
2 Wisconsin fugitives arrested in Florida

Two men suspected in a crime spree after walking away from a Wisconsin correctional center face federal charges after their arrest in Florida.

Seminole Police Lt. David Carry said 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. The two were arrested after a police chase.

James Newman, 29, and James Misleveck, 18, 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.

The employee, Deb Lozano, was kidnapped for five hours after working at the Ho-Chunk casino in Black River Falls.

“I’m thankful that they didn’t hurt anybody else and that they didn’t hurt me. But the whole time I had that shotgun pointed at me, I kept thinking that my husband and my daughters and my family didn’t know where I was,” Lozano said. 

The men were spotted in a parking ramp at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in the same black Chrysler Concorde they stole last week from Juneau Road south of Tomah, according to authorities.

When police tried to stop their car, the men drove away and led officers on a high-speed chase through a residential neighborhood, police said.

Police said the men then stopped the car and ran from officers. James Misleveck tried to climb a fence, but officers caught him before he could go over, according to police.

Police said James Newman climbed a tree and was eventually surrounded by police. He then jumped out of the tree and tried to run again, but was taken down by a police dog, according to the Seminole Police Department.

The U.S. Attorney’s office for the Western District of Wisconsin on Wednesday charged Newman and Misleveck with unlawful possession of a shotgun as convicted felons.