'Bonnie and Clyde' Couple Captured in Arizona

McCluskey, Welch nabbed at campground
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 20, 2010 1:23 AM CDT
Updated Aug 20, 2010 4:02 AM CDT
'Bonnie and Clyde' Az. Couple Captured
Casslyn Welch is shown being taken into custody in eastern Arizona.   (AP Photo/U.S. Marshals Office)

(Newser) – An armed and dangerous Arizona couple have been captured after weeks on the run. Prison escapee John McCluskey and his fiancee Casslyn Welch were arrested at a campground in northeast Arizona after a forest ranger spotted their vehicle hidden in the trees, the AP reports. Police say Welch brandished a gun when confronted but dropped it when she realized she was outgunned by a SWAT team. McCluskey was captured without incident.

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The pair—who police say considered themselves a modern-day Bonnie and Clyde—had been targets of a nationwide manhunt since Welch allegedly helped McCluskey and two other inmates, who have already been recaptured, escape from a privately run Arizona prison. The couple and the two other escapees have been linked to the death of an Oklahoma couple whose bodies were found in their burned out trailer in New Mexico earlier this month.
(Read more John McCluskey stories.)

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