Escaped a Georgia prison gang, the prisoner, James ‘Hot Rod Owenby was arrested by the police, officials say

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‘Hot Rod’ tried to speed away from the police — but the government has won the first race.

A Georgia member incarcerated in a prison gang — and who has earned the nickname of fast car — was taken into custody Thursday morning after the release at the end of the day, due to the theft of a truck while assigned to a work detail, officials say.

James Owenby and Zachery Rempley, both of which fled the scene, in Thomaston, on Wednesday, the members of the Ghost Face Gangsters, according to data from the Georgia Department of Corrections. The Department of Justice, describes the group as “a brutal, white supremacist street gang, operating primarily out of the inside of the prison.”

Rodney James Owenby, left, and a picture of a truck similar to that, he was accused of stealing.
(Thomaston Police and the Georgia Department of Corrections

Rampley, that is, the period of time in the Spalding Correctional Institute, also in Cardiff, on an aggravated assault conviction, was the first of the two to be imprisoned Thursday. He was taken into custody without incident and is in Dalton, about 135 miles from Thomaston, officials say. Owenby, who is currently being sentenced for a burglary conviction, was later arrested in the same county, the Georgia Department of Corrections announced.


The Thomaston Police Department, says the pair have been assigned to a work detail yesterday, about noon, when they stole the city truck and left the area in an unknown direction of travel.”

White 2010 Ford pick-up, they are alleged to have been taken, according to FOX5 Atlanta, Georgia has a license plate of a GV1318A with the City of Thomaston Parks and Public Spaces, the logo on the door. The station reports that Owenby was cutting the grass around the same time that he was gone. It was not immediately clear if the car has been found.

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