A Tennessee homeowner two escaped prisoners, wanted in the killing of two prison guards at gunpoint Thursday until authorities arrived and the arrests.
Tennessee Highway Patrol spokesman Lt. Bill Miller said late Thursday that the homeowner caught Donnie Rowe, and Ricky Dubose trying to steal his vehicle.
Miller says the escaped Georgia inmates had crashed a car while being chased by law enforcement and fled on foot into the woods along Interstate 24 near the rural community of Christiana.
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Miller says something warned the homeowner that people were outside his house and he saw the men trying to steal his vehicle. The trooper says the owner held the two at gunpoint with a neighbor, he shouted to the Rutherford County Sheriff’s Department could get there to arrest them.
Rowe and Dubose are accused of the killing of two guards at a prison transfer bus early Tuesday. Authorities had offered a $ 130,000 reward for information leading to their arrest.
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The authorities say that Rowe and Dubose overpowered and killed Sgt. Christopher, Monica, and Sgt. Curtis Billue beginning of Tuesday on a bus that should have been secured if it was worn 33 detainees between the prisons southeast of Atlanta.
Authorities had offered a $ 130,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of the refugees, of whom Sills had called “dangerous beyond description.”
The search involved law enforcement officers across Georgia, as well as the FBI, U. S. Marshals Service, and the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.
Gov. Nathan Deal released a report, “don’t worry, justice will be served. My sincere thanks to our local, provincial and federal police officers who assisted in the manhunt. Due to their tireless efforts, the public is safe.”
The Associated Press contributed to this report