John McCluskey and Fiance Captured at Apache-Sitgreaves National Forest in Eastern Arizona


The last man on the run following an Arizona prison break is back behind bars. John McCluskey and fiancee and cousin Casslyn Welch were captured Thursday at an Arizona campsite, thanks to an alert forest ranger.

An unattended campfire and an alert forest ranger led to the arrest of John McCluskey and Casslyn Welch at a campsite in the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forest in eastern Arizona — about 300 miles east of the location of McCluskey’s prison escape with two other inmates on July 30.

Police expected the encounter would end violently, but were able to arrest McCluskey and Welch peacefully. The ranger was suspicious of the way a Nissan Sentra was backed into trees and brush, and had a brief, but risky conversation with the suspects. The ranger left the area and a SWAT team was organized, and surrounded the campsite.

Fellow inmate Daniel Renwick was recaptured in Rifle, Colorado, on August 1, and fellow inmate Tracy Province of Illinois was found in Meeteetse, Wyoming, on August 9.