17 June, 2017
Donnie Russell Rowe, 43, and Ricky Dubose, 24, were caught on Thursday in Christiana, Tennessee, after taking an elderly couple hostage in their home, police claim.
While they were on the run, the pair allegedly stole five vehicles, robbed two homes, tied up and terrorized an elderly couple; and led police on a chase where speeds reached 100 miles per hour, officials said.
Local authorities said the hero residents, who held the escapees at gunpoint, were very fearless.
Investigators said the men surrendered peacefully when they were taken into custody. 'They said they put guns to both of their heads'.
For three hours, the couple endured the threats and angry demands of the fugitives, all while believing their lives could end at any moment.
Authorities later spotted the stolen vehicle on Interstate 24 and tried to stop them near the Epps Mill Road exit.
Lee County Sheriff Jay Jones emphasized that the report of local whereabouts was unconfirmed with no eyewitnesses, but all law enforcement agencies in the region are staying abreast of any developments in the manhunt.
Authorities say the two inmates overpowered and disarmed the guards on a bus about 6:45 a.m. Tuesday as 33 inmates were being driven between prisons. Sills said Dubose also has "ghost" tattooed on his right forefinger and "face" on his right pinky finger - signs of membership in the Ghost Face Gangsters.
The sheriff was asked whether the prison gang or its associates could be helping the fugitives elude capture.
They eventually carjacked a driver of a green 2004 Honda Civic and were traveling in that vehicle before ditching it and stealing a white 2008 Ford F-250 with the Georgia license tag of BCX5372.
Putnam County Sheriff Howard Sills said it's a relief to have the inmates back in custody.
The fugitives came across a home nearby, where they attempted to steal another vehicle.
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The homeowner is being hailed a hero for bringing down the men who were called "dangerous beyond description".
Two escaped Georgia inmates have been captured, according to a tweet from Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal and the Georgia Bureau of Investigation.
Both escapees were serving sentences for armed robbery and other crimes. Rowe is from Lewisburg, about 20 miles west of Shelbyville.
Georgia Department of Corrections Commissioner Greg Dozier said in a news release that he was relieved the two inmates were captured and no longer a threat to the public.
Authorities warned that the men, who had escaped with the guards' 9 mm pistols, were considered very unsafe.
One of the murdered guards was Christopher Monica (pictured), who had been a prison guard since 2009.
Law enforcement officials said Dubose and Rowe performed a home invasion of an elderly couple in Bedford County around 2 p.m.
The other inmates have been questioned and a camera on the bus recorded the guards being shot, but corrections officials have not explained to the public how the pair managed to get through the inmate compartment's normally locked door. "There's an infinite number of people that may well be helping them outside", the sheriff said.
"I'm assuming and think it broke down on 'em, but they may have decided just to ditch it", Swing said.
Two patrol vehicles were shot and hit, but no one was injured. According to the order from the governor's office, Sgt. Billue served with the Georgia Department of Corrections for 10 years.