August 20th, 2010
12:28 AM ET

Arizona fugitive couple caught at campground

Authorities have captured an Arizona prison escapee and an alleged accomplice who have been on the run since late last month, the Arizona Department of Corrections said late Thursday.

John McCluskey, and Casslyn Mae Welch were arrested at a campground in the Springerville, Arizona-area, according to the department.

A park ranger noticed an unattended fire on the campground and noticed a suspicious car, authorities said. A license plate check determined the car matched the description of one recently stolen in New Mexico.

A SWAT team was called to the campground site, where they arrested McCluskey and Welch, officials said. Authorities said Welch attempted to pull out a gun but SWAT members were able to stop her before the weapon was fired.

During his arrest, McCluskey told authorities that a gun was nearby and he wished he could have shot them.

McCluskey, 45, was serving a 15-year sentence for attempted second-degree murder and other charges when he and fellow convicts Tracy Province and Daniel Renwick broke out of the prison July 30, allegedly with Welch's help. Province and Renwick are already in custody.

Welch, who was on the visitation list for one of the inmates, threw cutting tools over a prison fence, corrections officials said earlier this month.

The hunt for McCluskey and Welch ranged from the Southwest to western Montana and along the border with Canada, Marshals said.

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