MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Police say two escaped Wisconsin inmates may be headed to Minnesota, leaving in their wake multiple stolen vehicles, a kidnapping victim and eluding a high-speed chase with the state patrol.

Police consider them armed and dangerous.

According to authorities, inmates James C. Misleveck and James R. Newman walked away from the Black River Correctional Boot Camp in Komensky Township, Wis., at about 10:30 p.m. on Tuesday, July 17.

Misleveck is white, 18, 6 feet tall, 200 pounds and has shaved or very short brown hair, and brown eyes. His left ear is pierced. Newman is white, 29, 5-feet-9-inches tall, 165 pounds, with shaved brown hair and brown eyes. He has a tattoo of praying hands on his right arm.

Mislevek, who has been charged in the past with burglary, theft and arson, is reported to be from the Juneau County area. Newman, who has been charged in the past with fourth-degree sexual assault and discharging a firearm in a vehicle, is reportedly from the Brown County area.

Police believe after leaving the camp on foot, Misleveck and Newman stole a shotgun out of a vehicle before stealing a Ford Ranger truck. They then drove to Majstic Pines Casino where they kidnapped an adult female, stealing her Mercury Mountaineer. The Ranger was left at the casino, and Misleveck left behind his DOC identification card in the vehicle.

Telling the kidnapped female at gunpoint that they “wanted to go to Minnesota,” they drove to the Sparta, Wis., Kwik Trip. After taking $500 in cash from the victim, the two left on foot and stole a smaller-size pickup truck and got on I-90 near Tomah, Wis. There, the state patrol got into a high-speed chase with Misleveck and Newman. The chase ended in a corn field in the area of Highway 131 where the two fled on foot.

Then, early on Thursday, it’s believed that the two stole a 1996 black Chrysler Concorde with a Wisconsin license plate of 728TDX and are still using it.

If anyone sees these two individuals, contact police immediately. Do not approach them or take any other actions. Click here for the full crime alert.

Call 911 or call 715-284-5357.


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