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Ho-Chunk employee shaken after kidnapping by escaped inmates

BLACK RIVER FALLS, Wis. -- A safety officer at Ho-Chunk Gaming in Black River Falls is reliving her run-in with two men who escaped from a correctional facility and remain on the run.

Deb Lozano was getting out of her SUV in an employee parking lot just after 5:30 a.m. Wednesday when James Newman and James Misleveck forced her into the backseat.

One of the men drove while the other man, armed with a shotgun, kept an eye on Lozano. The men told Lozano they wanted to get to Minnesota.

The trio drove to the Walmart stores in Tomah and Sparta, where they men got out of the SUV, looking for other vehicles to steal.

The men and Lozano, after driving around for about six hours, ultimately drove to a Kwik Trip in Sparta.

After getting $500 in cash and cigarettes from Lozano, the men ran to Northern Engraving and stole another vehicle from an employee lot.

Lozano ran to a nearby business and called 911. She was shaken, but not hurt.

"I am glad that it was me and not anyone else," Lozano said in a statement Thursday. "I hope that law enforcement catches these guys as soon as possible, and that nobody gets hurt."

A Ho-Chunk Nation spokesperson says Lozano is back to work. She has worked for the Ho-Chunk Nation since 1996.

As of Thursday afternoon, law enforcement still had not found Newman and Misleveck.

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