August 20, 2010 in Nation/World

Arizona fugitive and fiancee arrested at campsite

Associated Press
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In this image provided by the U.S. Marshals Service, fugitive John McCluskey is shown being taken into custody Aug. 19, 2010, by U.S. Marshals in eastern Arizona. McCluskey and his fiancee Casslyn Welch have been on the lam since July 30. Both were apprehended at an eastern Arizona campground on the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forest.
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ST. JOHNS, Ariz. — Two Arizona fugitives who were captured after a three-week manhunt appeared in court today, where their bond was set at $1 million each.

John McCluskey and Casslyn Welch, his cousin and fiancee, were two of the most wanted fugitives in America before their capture Thursday evening at a remote Arizona campsite. Welch is accused of helping McCluskey and two other inmates escape from a privately run state prison near Kingman on July 30.

Their next scheduled court appearance is Aug. 27 in Kingman, where they face a long list of felony charges.

A forest ranger who alertly spotted the pair is being hailed as “a true hero” after his tip allowed a heavily armed law enforcement contingent to capture the couple.

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