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Police: 1 of 2 Ariz. escapees captured in Wyoming

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By The Staff

PHOENIX (AP) — Federal agents on Monday captured one of two inmates who escaped from an Arizona prison as he walked, armed with a handgun, outside a Wyoming church, and were still hunting for the other fugitive and a suspected accomplice.

Convicted killer Tracy Province told authorities he was relieved that the manhunt was over when he was arrested around 6:20 a.m. in Meeteetse, Wyo., about 60 miles outside of Yellowstone National Park, said David Gonzales, the U.S. Marshal for Arizona.

The other inmate, John McCluskey, as well as suspected accomplice Casslyn Welch, were still on the lam.

"They consider themselves as Bonnie and Clyde," Gonzales said. "This is very, very serious business."

Gonzales said agents were working on leads in Wyoming. He said they believed that McCluskey and Welch were no longer in tourist-packed Yellowstone, where more than 100 armed park rangers were patrolling amid an estimated 30,000 campers and tourists.

Rangers patrolled campgrounds on the sprawling 3,472-square-mile park that spans Montana and Wyoming.

Authorities tracked Province to the small northwestern Wyoming town of Meeteetse after a resident told them that they saw him sitting on the steps outside a church and chatted with him about getting odd jobs, Gonzales said.


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