Escaped Georgia Inmates Caught in Tennessee

Police arrested Ricky Dubose and Donnie Russell Rowe

Police arrested Ricky Dubose and Donnie Russell Rowe

Authorities say Rowe and inmate Ricky Dubose escaped after killing two prison guards during a bus transport in Georgia.

Donnie Russell Rowe, 43, and Ricky Dubose, 24, were taken into custody Thursday after two residents held them at gunpoint when they discovered the men were trying to steal a vehicle from a central Tennessee home, Lt. Bill Miller from the Tennessee Highway Patrol said late Friday.

Deputies soon spotted the vehicle and began a 20-mile high-speed chase down Interstate 24, south-east of Nashville, Tennessee highway patrol spokesman Lt Bill Miller said.

The homeowner saw them trying to steal his vehicle and came out with a gun pointed at them. Fortunately, the authorities received a great deal of help from the armed homeowners who were able to hold the inmates at gunpoint before they could further increase the danger of their presence in the area.

Since their escape, there had been numerous reported sightings, and authorities had offered a reward for their capture. A homeowner noticed the men in his driveway and called a neighbor over to hold them at gunpoint.

The escapees were wanted for the prison bus murders of two corrections officers: Sgt. Chris Monica and Sgt. Curtis Billue.

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Likewise, Georgia Department of Corrections Commissioner Greg Dozier said in a press release, "We are relieved to know that these two unsafe individuals have been taken off the streets, and the public is out of harm's way".

There they ate and took clothing and valuables when they left, the sheriff said.

Traffic remains backed up for several miles on Interstate 24 East in Murfreesboro as investigators remain on the scene.

Georgia governor 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. Law enforcement authorities in Bedford County, Tenn., say that afternoon Rowe and Dubose invaded an elderly couple's home in Shelbyville, threatened to kill them and held them captive for three hours.

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Putnam County Sheriff Howard Sills said the inmates fled from the bus near Eatonton, about 70 miles southeast of Atlanta.

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The two inmates overpowered guards around 6:45 a.m. Tuesday while they were being driven to another prison with 33 other inmates.

The pair had been cellmates once and both were serving prison sentences for separate armed robbery and assault convictions at Baldwin State Prison near Milledgeville. Christopher Monica and Curtis Billue Tuesday while on a prison bus in Putnam County.

The two men were taken into custody after a vehicle chase, assured Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal on Thursday evening.

On Tuesday morning, a nationwide manhunt for two Georgia convicts was set in motion after the prisoners murdered two guards before escaping from the compound.

Rowe is serving life without parole for armed robbery, the department of corrections said, and Dubose is serving a 20-year sentence for armed robbery.

Authorities put up roadblocks, but the following day they discovered that the pair had allegedly stolen a white Ford F250 pickup from an industrial site nine miles from the burglary. Monica had been with the Georgia Department of Corrections since October 2009 and Billue since July 2007.

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