The authorities say escaped Georgia prisoners captured in Tennessee

MADISON, Ga. – Two escaped inmates sought in the murder of two guards at a Georgia prison bus were caught Thursday in Tennessee after holding an elderly couple captive and leads police in a chase by car and on foot, authorities said.

Donnie Rowe, and Ricky Dubose were captured in Christiana, Tennessee, Georgia Bureau of Investigation spokeswoman Nelly Miles said.

The police in Shelbyville, Tennessee, responded to a call about a home invasion, where Rowe and Dubose held an elderly couple caught and then fled in the couple’s vehicle, Miles said. Officers responded and chased the pair. The prisoners were in a wreck, the left side of the vehicle and then led police on a foot chase, both men were taken into custody in Christiana, ” she said.

Tennessee Bureau of Investigation spokesman Josh DeVine said the bureau agents to take part in the processing of the scene. The Tennessee Department of Transportation said traffic was rerouted on Interstate 24 east in Rutherford County to about 11 hours

The two men were on the run since the beginning of the Tuesday, when they are accused of the killing of Sgt. Christopher, Monica, and Sgt. Curtis Billue.

The two inmates overpowered and disarmed the security guards about 6:45 a.m. Tuesday, 33 of the prisoners were driven between prisons, the authorities said. One of them fatally shot the two guards, and then they jumped off the bus and carjacked a driver, who happened to pull up behind them on a highway 16 in Putnam County, southeast of Atlanta, authorities said.

The two prisoners then fled in the stolen Honda Civic and drove about 25 miles (40 kilometers) north of Madison, where they robbed a house, stealing food and clothing and leaving their jail uniforms behind around 10:30 pm on Tuesday.

Late Tuesday night, about 12 hours after the home burglary, the couple stole a Ford pick-up truck from a rock quarry about 9 miles (14.5 km) from the burglarized house. That’s when the trail went cold.

Federal, state and local authorities pleaded with the public Thursday to keep an eye on for the two men and the white pick-up truck. The FBI announced that a tip line and said pictures of the men and information about a $ 130,000 reward would appear in multiple states.

The authorities have warned that the men, who had escaped with the guards 9 mm pistols, were considered to be very dangerous.

Monica and Billue were transfer sergeants at Baldwin State Prison. Monica had with the Georgia Department of Corrections since October 2009, and Billue since July 2007.

Putnam County Sheriff Howard Sills said the escaped prisoners were within a protected area of the bus. He said that he did not know how they got through the locked cage to overwhelm the guards.

Protocol is to have two armed corrections officers on the bus, but the officers did not wear bullet-proof vests during transfers, Corrections, Commissioner Greg Dozier said.

Both escapees were serving sentences for armed robbery and other crimes. The Department of Corrections, said Rowe, 43, had been serving life without parole since 2002, and Dubose, 24, began a 20-year sentence in 2015.


Associated Press writers Russ Bynum in Savannah, Ga., and Adrian Sainz in Memphis, Tennessee, contributed to this report.

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