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DPS says Prescott Valley woman aided ex-husband's escape

Diana Joy Glattfelder

Diana Joy Glattfelder

PRESCOTT VALLEY - A Prescott Valley woman aided the escape of her ex-husband, his girlfriend and another fugitive by driving them from Flagstaff to Payson and then to Mesa, an Arizona Department of Public Safety official said.

John McCluskey, 45, called ex-wife Diana Joy Glattfelder after he broke out of the Arizona State Prison - Kingman on July 30, DPS public information officer Bart Graves said Wednesday afternoon.

Glattfelder, who turned 43 today, drove McCluskey, his fiancée Casslyn Welch, 44, and another escapee, Tracy Province, 42, to a market owned by McCluskey's mother in Payson to pick up supplies, according to Graves.

Afterward they headed to a home in Mesa, where the fugitives picked up another vehicle.

"That is what the investigation pieced together," Graves said.

Graves said DPS officers arrested Glattfelder at 11:45 a.m. Tuesday as she entered Yavapai County Superior Court in Prescott. "She knew we were looking for her" and turned herself in, Graves said.

DPS officers booked her at the county jail at Camp Verde at 2:45 p.m. Tuesday, Yavapai County Sheriff's Office spokesman Dwight D'Evelyn said. She posted $10,000 bond and gained release from jail that afternoon.

Graves said the U.S. Marshal Service and the Arizona Department of Corrections asked DPS to put together a case against Glattfelder and McCluskey's mother, 68-year-old Claudia Washburn of Payson, because their alleged crimes occurred in Arizona.

"We are charging these two people and we will be assisting the prosecution," Graves said. "They are state charges at this point."

The state Attorney General's Office charged both women Monday with hindering prosecution and conspiracy to commit escape. They stand accused to providing money, supplies and transportation to the inmates and Welch, an alleged accomplice and cousin of McCluskey.

"We just charged the two, and we bonded the mother at $250,000" Saturday in Payson, said Molly Edwards, press secretary to Attorney General Terry Goddard.

Why Glattfelder would aid her former husband confounds David Gonzales, U.S. marshal for Arizona, based in Phoenix.

"We are just shaking our heads on that one," Gonzales said Wednesday afternoon. He added the Marshal Service learned about her involvement and whereabouts "through independent sources."

Glattfelder lives with her family on North Valley View Drive in Prescott Valley. A man who stood in the home's garage Wednesday afternoon referred calls about her case to Prescott attorney Ken Ray, who was unavailable for comment.

The Glattfelders apparently are low-key in the neighborhood of modest homes. Some neighbors said they do not know the family, and two neighbors more familiar with the Glattfelders did not want to disclose their names when approached Tuesday morning.

"They are great neighbors," one woman said. "We get along well. They help us out. We help them out."

Meanwhile, Glattfelder's ex-husband and his fiancée remained at large as of Wednesday evening, and are considered the most-wanted fugitives over the past two weeks.

Authorities arrested prison fellow escapee Daniel Renwick, 36, Aug. 1 after a shootout in western Colorado, and arrested Province Monday in Meeteetse, Wyo., as he left a church.

McCluskey was doing 15 years for attempted murder, aggravated assault and discharge of a firearm. He also served 14 years in Pennsylvania state prisons for a string of convenience store robberies in April 1992.

The Associated Press contributed to this story.