August 20th, 2010
10:32 AM ET

Manhunt ends with arrests of Arizona escapee, alleged accomplice

Ed Payne

[cnn-photo-caption image=http://www.cnn.com/video/us/2010/08/20/am.bpr.az.fugitive.cnn.640×360.jpg caption="McCluskey and Welch had been on the run since the end of July" width=300 height=169]

A tip from an observant forest ranger led to the arrest of an Arizona prison escapee and his alleged accomplice who had been on the run since last month, authorities said late Thursday.

John McCluskey and Casslyn Mae Welch were arrested at a campground on the edge of Apache and Sitgreaves National Forests in Springerville, Arizona, according to U.S. Marshal David Gonzales.

A park ranger noticed an unattended fire at a campsite and spotted a suspicious car backed into some trees, authorities said.

A license plate check determined it matched the description of one recently stolen in New Mexico, near where a couple was murdered.

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soundoff (5 Responses)
  1. Chris Thomas

    Geez how did this guy think he would go unoticed out in public ?

    He looks like an extra from OZ in this picture.

    August 20, 2010 at 5:18 pm |
  2. Judge Roy Bean

    John McClusky and Casslyn Welch should have ended their miserable lives like the real Bonnie and Clyde. Riddled by the law enforcement as they went for their guns. Scum like this should be shot on sight....saves taxpayers a lot of money.

    August 20, 2010 at 1:54 pm |
  3. julie

    thank goodness for forest rangers...they have been helping us out all over this country lately!

    August 20, 2010 at 1:52 pm |
  4. K S Verdi, San Antonio, TX

    Thank God the criminals were caught without harming the HERO "good guys!" Forest Ranger, job well done, law enforcement, job well done! We need more competent and brave citizens like you 🙂

    August 20, 2010 at 12:54 pm |
  5. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    What, a forest ranger found them, say it isn't so. Not after Gov. Brewer sent her possey of hundreds to find them wasting tax payers money. Shame on you Gov. Brewer for not doing your job because if you had these prisoners would never have been in a low security facility in the first place, now there are 2 innocent people dead and I hope their families sue the pants off you.

    August 20, 2010 at 11:06 am |