HOLLYWOOD (CBSMiami) – Luck ran out for pair of inmates from Wisconsin who have been on the lam for days.
Early Wednesday morning 29-year old James Newman and 18-year old James Misleveck were captured after being spotted at the Seminole Hard Rock Casino in Hollywood.
A casino security guard stopped the pair after they were seen circling the parking garage. When they asked the men what they were doing, they said they were looking for the exit. The guard directed them to the exit, but noticed they continued to drive around the garage.
Seminole Police Lt. David Carry believes the Newman and Misleveck may have been looking for a vehicle to steal.
The guard then alerted all of the casino’s security personnel to be on the look out for the pair. They were then spotted driving around in another parking garage. When they left, the security guard contacted the Seminole Police Department who stopped them on Stirling Road about a block from the casino. When the officer ran the vehicle’s plate and it came back as having been reported stolen in Wisconsin.
In an effort to escape the pair took off on foot; Misleveck was quickly taken into custody after he was found in Chistopher William’s backyard at North 68th Ave and Meade St. in Hollywood.
“It was 3:40 in the morning and I heard somebody in my yard and I was getting ready to do what I had to do,” said Williams.
Police found Newman hiding in a tree. When he came down, he again tried to make a run for it. He was brought down by a Hollywood police K-9. When police lead him off to jail, he was limping, wearing a bandage and a hospital gown.
Investigators say these guys were violent when they escaped from prison, before arriving in Hollywood.
“They were armed and dangerous in Wisconsin,” said Lt. Carry. “They kidnapped a female at gunpoint with a shotgun, took her out of the car, held her for 5 hours, robbed her of $500, then released her to steal another vehicle to come to Florida.”
Newman had been in prison for weapons charges and sexual assault. Misleveck had been convicted of burglary, theft and arson.
The kicker in all this, Newman had just 6 months left on his sentence, Misleveck was scheduled to be released in 30 days.
Prosecutors in Wisconsin filed a new charge against the pair shortly after their arrest. Both are charged with one count of unlawfully possessing a shotgun as convicted felons.
If convicted, the charge carries 10 years in federal prison.