DPS assists in apprehension of fugitives McClusky and Welch
Press Release courtesy of U.S. Marshals Service, District of Arizona
Friday, August 20, 2010 -
Earlier Thursday, an alert U.S. Forest Service Ranger observed a male and female camping in an unauthorized area in the Gabaldon Campsite. As he approached the individuals, he noticed the male walk behind a tree in an attempt to conceal his identity. The ranger also observed bullet holes in a nearby tree. The ranger told the individuals to leave the area. As the ranger returned to his vehicle, he recorded the license plate of the individuals’ vehicle. A quick inquiry determined the New Mexico license plate had been reported as stolen.
Surveillance was established while an arrest team could be assembled. Shortly after 7:00 pm, the arrest team approached the campsite and encountered McCluskey and Welch. At that time, Welch drew a weapon but was subdued before it could be used. Additional weapons were found at the campsite.
On Aug. 1, Renwick was arrested in Rifle, Co., after a brief car chase and firing a weapon at a pursuing police vehicle. On Aug. 9, Province was arrested in Meeteetse, Wy., without incident.
McCluskey and Welch are being held in the Apache County Jail in St. Johns, Ariz.
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