Here's how armed homeowners helped capture two unsafe escaped convicts

Henrietta Strickland
June 19, 2017

You've survived. You've survived.

Authorities were vigilant and did a good job of spreading the word about the escapees.

"I can not tell you how grateful I was to see them arrive", Hale said. "Just get the police out here as quick as you can".

Donnie Rowe, left, and Ricky Dubose are pictured in photos initially released by the Department of Corrections after their escape.

A billboard shows a picture of Ricky Dubose during the manhunt.

The escaped inmates sought in the killings of two guards on a Georgia prison bus were captured Thursday in Tennessee after holding an elderly couple captive and leading police on a chase by vehicle and foot, authorities said.

Earlier that day, the two men had stormed into an elderly couple's home, put guns to their heads and tied them up with a belt, authorities say.

Traffic will be diverted on Interstate 24 east in Rutherford County until about 11pm while police process the scene, the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation said. They left that truck in Tennessee and stole a white sedan, which they abandoned near the hostages' home, Swing said.

"We always work together, particularly at times like this", Goodwin said. They attempted to steal a cell phone and the couple's Jeep, but police on a routine welfare check noticed the convicts on the run.

The Tennessee Highway Patrol said after a brief pursuit and foot chase, Dubose and Rowe ran through the woods to a home in the rural community of Christina.

"They hit another vehicle and ultimately wrecked", said Rutherford County Sheriff Michael Fitzhugh.

The inmates allegedly went to another home to try to steal a vehicle there, but an armed homeowner detained the suspects until the authorities arrived, officials said.

The two men are suspected of killing prison transfer Sgts. "I had a weapon on me, but I never had to draw the weapon", Hale said.

Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal applauded the "tireless efforts" of law enforcement but also turned his thoughts to the families of the two officers, saying their pain remains.

In his statement, Deal wrote, "Earlier tonight, with the assistance of our law enforcement partners in Tennessee, risky fugitives were captured and taken into custody", said Deal.

Hale said he thinks the men surrendered because his auto resembles a police vehicle. Escaped inmates Ricky Dubose and Donnie Rowe were captured in Tennessee following a high-speed vehicle chase and subsequent foot chase.

Row is from Lewisburg, TN, which is about 20 miles away from Shelbyville, which itself is about 290 miles away from Putnam County, Georgia, where the suspects escaped.

"I saw two brutally murdered correctional officers, that's what I saw", he told reporters.

The sheriff said within two hours of the fatal shooting, he had warrants for both men for murder charges.

Then they stole a pickup truck from a nearby industrial site sometime between 6 p.m. Tuesday and 6 a.m. Wednesday, Sills said. Those inmates provided assistance to investigators, officials said.

The men entered the driver's compartment, overpowered and disarmed Officers Christopher Monica and Curtis Billue while the bus was on State Route 16 between Eatonton and Sparta, police said. Christopher Monica and Curtis Billue Tuesday while on a prison bus in Putnam County.

He said the focus now was tracking them down and offering compassion to the families of the corrections officers, killed in the line of duty.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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