Reward to $130000 in growing search for fugitive Georgia inmates

Cheryl Sanders
June 16, 2017

Two inmates who killed two Georgia Correctional officers in Putnam County have been captured in Tennessee after a three-day manhunt.

Police began chasing the two men, closing in on them after their vehicle crashed. A short manhunt ensued, after which police captured the men. Dubose and Donnie Russell Rowe escaped after killing two prison guards during a bus transport in Georgia.

Rowe, considered a sociopath by authorities, was described as a recidivist with a long list of convictions and was serving a life sentence for armed robbery and other crimes. The homeowner heard a noise outside the home and came out and caught the escapees, then called the Rutherford County Sheriff's Office.

Sills said he watched the video but was not certain which inmate killed Sgt. Christopher Monica, 42, a corrections officer since 2009, and Sgt. Curtis Billue, 58, who would have marked his 10th anniversary with the department next month. "I have their blood on my shoes".

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


As word of the inmates' escape spread, photos of the two men emerged on social media.

Rowe and Dubose are accused of killing two guards on a prison transfer bus early Tuesday.

"They were inside the caged area of the bus", Sills said. Those inmates have provided assistance to investigators, officials said. "This is a rock quarry-type place". They then led law enforcement on a chase before wrecking the vehicle.

Escaped inmates Ricky Dubose, left, and Donnie Russell Rowe.

According to Bedford County Sheriff Austin Swing, The fugitives stole a auto in Moore county in the Lynchburg area, but it broke down in Bedford County. They gagged and tied her up, bound the man with belts and put socks on his hands so he wouldn't be able to use his fingers, he said. The two men fired 20 shots at police during the high-speed chase, but only hit the frames of the police cars.


They then stole the couple's truck and took police on a auto chase, crashed the truck and continued the pursuit on foot before being caught, Georgia Bureau of Investigation spokeswoman Nelly Miles said.

A tweet from George Franco, a reporter for WAGA-TV, Fox 5, in Atlanta shows the men right after they were captured. No one was injured, officials said.

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. Some police cars followed them while others stayed back blocking the highway.

The inmates had run through the woods to a home near the rural community of Christiana. They were discovered by a homeowner who called his neighbor and they each grabbed a gun. They took food and likely clothes as well, and stole a pickup truck from a nearby industrial site sometime between 6 p.m. Tuesday and 6 a.m. Wednesday.


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