Mother of escapee arrested by U.S. Marshals

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By Alicia Barron By Alicia Barron

JAKE’S CORNER, Ariz. – U.S. Marshals have arrested the mother of John McCluskey, who escaped from an Arizona prison last week.

McCluskey escaped from the Arizona State Prison near Kingman on July 30, along with Tracy Province and Daniel Renwick. Renwick was caught days later in Colorado after a police chase and a shootout with police officers.

McCluskey's step-father, Jack Washburn, says he could only watch as U.S. Marshals led his wife away in handcuffs.  Investigators hauled away evidence that they say proves 68-year-old Claudia Washburn helped her son hide from authorities.

Claudia Washburn works in the general store and lives upstairs. Her niece, Casslyn Mae Welch, lived next door in a trailer. Welch is not only McCluskey's cousin, but she is also his fiancée.

Investigators say Welch helped the trio break out of prison by tossing the guys wire cutters so they could get through the perimeter fence.

Welch, McCluskey and Tracy Province were last seen in a 1997 Nissan Sentra with an Arizona license plate that reads 620-PFV.

The Marshals found empty gun boxes in Welch's trailer so they believe they are armed and dangerous.

Sources say that additional family members could also be arrested.

Washburn wants McCluskey to hear his full message, which is available here: 
Jack Washburn's message to his step-son who is on-the-run.