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Prison Escapee McCluskey Says He Wanted to Go Out Shooting


The search for two Arizona fugitives who were on the run for three weeks ended Thursday night.

Cassyln Welch and John McCluskey are in custody at the Apache County jail after being found in eastern Arizona at a campsite outside of Springerville.

The two did not plan on being taken in easily.

New mugshots show the two were thinner and that they did attempt to change their appearances.

They had been camped out in Arizona at the Apache and Sitgreaves National Forests, between Greer and Big Lake, about an hour outside of Springerville in a very remote area.

A forest ranger first saw their Nissan Sentra car and noticed it was backed into the trees as if someone was trying to hide it.

He said he saw there was no one at the camp site but there was a fire burning, so he took down the car’s plate number, which came back as stolen from New Mexico – the same place where a couple had been found dead. Evidence at that crime scene connected McCluskey to the couple.

The U.S. Marshal's Office said SWAT teams surrounded the camp for about an hour and quietly watched the two. When McCluskey climbed into a sleeping bag, they made their move.

Authorities said Welch reached for a weapon, but she was disarmed.

McCluskey was arrested without incident, but said he would have shot the officers if he had the chance.

Arizona U.S. Marshal David Gonzales tells more about their capture and what happens next in a Friday morning interview at FOX 10 (play video on left.)


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