Escaped Georgia inmates caught in Tennessee

Source Athens Clarke Police Department

Source Athens Clarke Police Department

Two Georgia fugitives Donnie Rowe and Ricky Dubose arrested in Christiana, Tenn., June 15, 2017.

Rowe and DuBose tied up a Shelbyville couple and held them at gunpoint for about three hours after their auto broke down on Kindree Road.

The prisoners surrendered in the driveway of Patrick Hale, a married 35-year-old man with a young daughter.

Rowe was serving a sentence of up to life in prison for armed robbery and aggravated assault in a 2001 case.

Sills said the two inmates overpowered and killed Sgt. Christopher Monica and Sgt. Curtis Billue early Tuesday on a bus that should have been secured as it carried inmates between prisons.

It was found in a heavily wooded area less than two miles from the home that was burglarized by the escapees and about 1,000 feet from the Lowe's parking lot where the Putnam County Sheriff held an evening press conference. "I have their blood on my shoes".

Police responded to their call, eventually leading to a high-speed chase. The two escaped inmates sought in the killings of two guards on a. DeVine called their actions "critical" to the arrest of Rowe and Dubose.

The roadway was not expected to open up again until about 11 p.m. "I'm still tremendously sad about these officers", a relieved Sills told reporters Thursday night. "This is a rock quarry-type place".

On Thursday, police engaged in a chase game with the inmates on Interstate 24.

The two men were cellmates and friends in prison, and may have planned their escape; however, the bus ride Tuesday morning was unscheduled, officials said. Hours later, authorities said the two broke into a home in Madison and stole clothes and food.

WSMV reported they were captured in Rutherford County.

After taking clothing and valuables, the men fled in the couple's vehicle.

The fugitives tied the couple up, putting socks on the man's hands so he couldn't loosen his bonds, Swing said.

Dozier also expressed gratitude to all of the law enforcement officers who provided support and assistance in the search for the two men, who had been on the run since early Tuesday.

The veteran sheriff said his heart was still with the officers, their families and other victims of the inmates' alleged crimes. No one was injured, officials said. A chase ensued, the fugitives wrecked the stolen Jeep and fled into the woods. They were not hurt in the pursuit with police.

"They were apprehended. They are not harmed".

According to Goodwin, the pair opened fired on two police vehicles and fled on foot after crashing near mile marker 91.

"The homeowner was alerted somehow, he looked outside and saw the suspects trying to steal his vehicle", Lt. Bill Miller from the Tennessee Highway Patrol said late Thursday.

He and a neighbor held them at gunpoint until authorities arrived.

Eventually, the men are accused of breaking into an elderly couple's home in Tennessee, holding them captive, and stealing their vehicle. Authorities say a rural Tennessee homeowner held inmates Donnie Rowe and Ricky Dubose at gunpoint, after they tried to steal his vehicle.

The FBI announced a reward for the men that had reached $130,000.

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