HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY, FLORIDA (WXOW)—Hillsborough County authorities believe James Newman and James Misleveck are responsible for robbing a convenience store and beating the elderly clerk.
Sunday night, Hillsborough County, Florida authorities believe Newman and Misleveck pulled up to the US 92 convenience store on Highway 92 and Kings Avenue.
"That section of Tampa, Florida is a little suburb called Seffner and it's very small, very rural so I don't know how they ended up there," Debbie Carter, Public Information Officer, Hillsborough County Sheriff's Department.
In the surveillance video, after the two guys come in, one jumps over the counter and grabs the clerk, the other one goes around back and grabs the cash drawer.
Even though the clerk, Hasimbhai Indawala, isn't putting up a fight and already handed over the cash, they throw him onto the ground hitting and kicking him in the face.
"Oh he's a real nice old guy. The guy wouldn't hurt a fly. He's nice to everybody, everybody around here's good friends with him," Ernie Garcia, Customer said.
Newman and Misleveck broke bones in Indawala's face; his injuries were so extensive he had to be transported from the hospital near the convenience store to a hospital in Tampa where he is still in critical condition.
The woman kidnapped in Black River Falls, Deb Lozano, said the men thought about car jacking elderly people they saw at the Sparta Walmart.
"They had seen an elderly lady get out of her car and they were like go after that one and I was like you don't want to do that boys she might have a heart attack then you're going to have a murder charge," Lozano said. "They looked at a couple of other people coming through the parking lot they looked at an elderly man with a cane and I told them they didn't want to do that either."
Carter said she isn't sure if they were specifically targeting elderly people.
"That would be unfortunate, but I guess some criminals think they're an easier target," Carter said.
They won't be able to target anyone else; they're being held without bond in Broward County waiting to be extradited to Wisconsin.
Misleveck and Newman are facing several charges in Hillsborough County including, armed robbery, aggravated battery on a person over 65 and aggravated battery with great bodily harm.
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