Escaped Prisoner Captured at Apache-Sitgreaves National Fore

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Escaped Prisoner Captured at Apache-Sitgreaves National Fore

Postby Todd » Fri Aug 20, 2010 11:23 am

Arizona Fugitives John McCluskey and Casslyn Welch Caught

Published August 19, 2010

Escaped prison inmate John McCluskey and his fiancee, Carolyn Welch, who have been on the run for weeks amid a nationwide manhunt, were captured Thursday in Arizona after being spotted at a campground by Forest Service workers, officials said.

Sgt. Richard Guinn of the Apache County Sheriff's Office said that a team of officers arrested McCluskey and Welch on Thursday evening after Forest Service employees spotted the pair and reported them to authorities.

"They have been positively identified," Guinn said.

A Forest Ranger was responding to an unattended fire at the campground Thursday afternoon and noticed a silver car. When he didn't see any people, he got the license plate number and notified the Sheriff's Office.

The New Mexico plates came back as stolen.

The vehicle was stolen from New Mexico along the same time a married couple had been killed, leading authorities to believe there was a good chance they had their suspects.

About a dozen law enforcement officials surrounded the campground and initiated surveillance, and just after 7 p.m., made the arrest.

According to U.S. Marshal David Gonzales, Welch had a handgun in her waistband and tried to pull it out, but she dropped her weapon when she spotted the guns trained on her.

McCluskey's firearm was in the tent, and he allegedly told responding authorities that if he had his gun on him, he would've killed all the officers and that he should've killed the Forest Ranger when he had the chance.

The team of officers included county, state and federal law enforcement officers, who recovered two handguns from the couple's campsite at an Apache-Sitgreaves National Forest campground, Guinn said.

He and Welch -- who is his fianc
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Postby Todd » Fri Aug 20, 2010 11:25 am

Awesome!

Glad they caught this scum. The only thing that would have been better is if they had been killed in the process. Now we will spend millions on trials, and more millions incarcerating them, and the appeals process.
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Postby chief joe » Fri Aug 20, 2010 12:07 pm

Todd wrote:Awesome!

Glad they caught this scum. The only thing that would have been better is if they had been killed in the process. Now we will spend millions on trials, and more millions incarcerating them, and the appeals process.


I see a movie out of this. At least a TV show. Glad they are caught
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Postby Todd » Fri Aug 20, 2010 4:40 pm

Forest Service Chief's Statement on Employee's Action that Led to Arrest of Arizona Fugitives

Washington, DC, August 20, 2010 -- "Our employee's alert action in notifying the proper authorities of suspicious activities in our national forest led to a quick, safe diffusion of a potentially explosive situation," said USDA Forest Service Chief Tom Tidwell. "I applaud his intuition, prudence and quick action, which ended up protecting not only nearby campers but other communities in the area as well. I consider this guy to be a hero."
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