Two Wisconsin prisoners who escaped last week were captured early July 25 near Hollywood, Fla.
Authorities said James Misleveck, 18, and James Newman, 29, led officers on a high-speed chase and manhunt just before they were caught. Both men were close to being released when they left a boot camp program eight days ago at the minimum-security prison at Black River Falls.
Right after they left, officials said the two went on a crime spree in which they stole four vehicles and a shotgun - kidnapped a casino employee at gunpoint, and stole $500 before releasing her.
This morning, Hollywood residents told police about two men cruising through casino parking lots and ramps. The vehicle had Wisconsin plates, and officials said it sped away when officers approached it.
The suspects led police through neighborhoods before abandoning the vehicle. Misleveck was found hiding in a backyard and was arrested without incident. Officials said Newman jumped from a tree when confronted, and he ran away before a police dog captured him. Newman was treated at a hospital before going to jail.
Both he and Misleveck await extradition proceedings back to Wisconsin, where authorities say they'll face a laundry list of new charges. Misleveck was just ending a prison on Juneau County convictions of car theft, arson, and burglary. Newman was doing time for shooting an assault rifle at his former girlfriend's home in Brown County in 2009.
The men were due in court this week, where a judge will be asked to extradite them to Wisconsin. Prosecutors in Monroe and Jackson counties have yet to decide what charges they'll file. They could include kidnapping, reckless endangerment, escape, and thefts.
Misleveck and Newman are also suspects in the brutal beating of an elderly convenience store clerk near Tampa, Fla. WPLG TV in Miami said the men attacked a 71-year-old male store clerk not long before they were arrested.
The store beating took place in Seffner, Fla. Police said the victim was kicked in his head and stomach multiple times. The station said the suspects were then spotted at the Seminole Hard Rock Casino where police were alerted. Authorities say both men also face charges in Florida for grand theft auto, loitering, and resisting arrest - and that was before the report of the convenience store attack.