Two men accused of savagely beating an elderly convenience store clerk in Seffner have been arrested on Florida's east coast after a cross country crime spree.
The men have been identified as 19-year-old James Misleveck and 29-year-old James Newman. They were found driving a stolen Chrysler Concorde, and they matched the description of the men suspected in the Seffner beating.
Investigators say the pair traveled 1,600 hundred miles from Wisconsin to Florida, embarking on a violent crime spree of kidnapping, stealing, robbing and terrorizing.
Both escaped from a Wisconsin jail last week, investigators said. They then carjacked and kidnapped a woman at gunpoint and let her go.
Then, they got to Florida and beat a store clerk in Seffner so badly that bones were broken in his face.
"They need to be put in a cell, and beat the hell out of them," said William Mitchellwho frequently visits the store where the clerk was attacked. It is located on State Road 92 and Kingsway Avenue.
Neither suspect had much time left to serve on their sentence. Newman had six months, Misleveck, only one month.
The video caused outrage among the clerk's customers and across the Tampa Bay area. It shows the 71-year-old man being punched and kicked, then body slammed even after he had given up the cash.
Detectives say Newman and Misleveck started their cross country odyessy shortly after they escaped from the minimum security prison. They carjacked a woman at a nearby casino and took $500 from her.
They then stole another car and drove to East Hillsborough County. After the brutal attack at the convenience store, they ended up at the Seminole Hard Rock Hollywood, where they were spotted by security guards. After a police chase, they were arrested.
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