Family, friends of beaten store clerk Hasimbhai Indawala relieved by arrests in case

4:46 PM, Jul 26, 2012   |    comments
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SEFFNER, Florida -- Family and friends of a Seffner convenience store clerk, still recovering from a brutal beating during a robbery earlier this week, reacted Thursday to two arrests in the case.

Two sons of 71-year-old Hasimbhai Indawala tell 10 News they are "relieved" and "happy" that two people are now in jail.

Investigators say the two suspects, 29-year-old James Newman and 18-year-old James Misleveck, were on a cross-country crime spree after escaping from a Wisconsin Correctional facility last week.

Surveillance video from inside Indawala's US 92 Convenience Store showed him getting body slammed to the ground, then repeatedly punched and kicked after giving the robbers money from the register.

Photo Gallery: Elderly store clerk attacked in robbery

Regular customer John Ginocchio, who says he's gotten to know the family over the years, was thrilled to find out who he could now direct his anger towards.

"Those two clowns don't deserve to be breathing right now.  That's my opinion," he said.

Investigators say it started July 17th, when the two escaped from the Wisconsin jail.

A day later, they're accused of kidnapping and robbing a woman at gunpoint outside a casino in Black River Falls, Wisconsin.

On July 22nd, detectives tell say that's when they robbed and beat the store clerk in Seffner.

On Wednesday, the pair were caught in Broward County, near a casino, after a police chase.

"I think it's going to make everyone feel a lot safer knowing that these two individuals are off the street," said Debbie Carter from the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office.

Authorities are still investigating why the two came down to Florida, but they say it's likely they committed more crimes on their trip.

As of Thursday evening, they were being held in the Broward County jail without bond.

Eventually they're expected to be taken back to Wisconsin, not Hillsborough County.

Indawala's family says he continues to recover and could be released from the hospital soon.

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