Escaped Arizona Prison Inmate & Fiancée Captured Near N.M. Border - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather KHQ.com

Escaped Arizona Prison Inmate & Fiancée Captured Near N.M. Border

MSNBC.COM - Escaped inmate John McCluskey and his fiancée-cousin Casslyn Welch were captured in the northeast Arizona's Apache County, the U.S. Marshals Office said late Thursday.

The two were on the lam since July 30, when Welch allegedly helped McCluskey break out of a privately run prison in Kingman, Ariz., with two other convicts, who were since recaptured.

McCluskey was serving a 15-year sentence for attempted murder, aggravated assault and discharge of a firearm.

Police suspect McCLuskey and Welch hijacked an 18-wheeler and its two drivers, later released unharmed, and brutally murdered an elderly Oklahoma couple, Gary and Linda Haas, in New Mexico. The Haas' burned bodies were found in a travel trailer Aug. 4 on a remote ranch.

Apache County Sheriff's Office spokesman Sgt. Richard Guinn said officials got a tip from forest workers at the Gabaldon Campground, saying they saw two people who matched the description of the fugitives.

He said the sheriff's office gathered a team and were able to take McCluskey and Welch into custody.

Guinn said the pair initially resisted arrest, but both were taken into custody without incident.

Last week, McCluskey's mother, Claudia Washburn, 68, was arrested on charges of conspiracy to commit escape, hindering prosecution and facilitation to commit escape. Officials say Washburn provided financial and other types of support to assist in the flight of her son, Province and Welch. Washburn is being held on $250,000 bond at the Gila County Jail in Globe, Ariz.

Welch allegedly helped McCluskey and murderers Tracy Province and Daniel Renwick escape by cutting through a security fence.

Renwick was captured a short time later in Colorado, while Province was captured in Wyoming about a week later.

McCluskey and Welch had last been spotted in Montana, though authorities had said they thought they might try to reconnect with family in Arizona because they were believed to be running short of money.

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