ATLANTA – The Latest on the manhunt for two Georgia prisoners indicted in the death of two prison guards (all times are local):
Georgia’s top corrections official said he was relieved the escaped inmates sought in the murder of two prison guards have been caught.
Authorities said Donnie Rowe, and Ricky Dubose were captured Thursday in Tennessee after leading the police on a chase by car and on foot.
Georgia Department of Corrections Commissioner Greg Dozier said in a news release that the couple “will be tried soon for their heinous crime against our Officers.”
Dozier also expressed thanks to all the officials of the law enforcement support and assistance in the search for the two men, who on the run since the beginning of the Tuesday.
The authorities have said Rowe, and Dubose overpowered and disarmed Sgt. Christopher, Monica, and Sgt. Curtis Billue as the officers were transporting 33 detainees between the prisons.
Authorities say the two escaped prisoners, wanted in the slayings of two Georgia prison guards were included after a car crash and foot chase in Tennessee.
Georgia Bureau of Investigation spokeswoman Sara Miles says that the police in Shelbyville, Tennessee, got a call about a home invasion on Thursday. She says that Donnie Russell Rowe, and Ricky Dubose held an elderly couple caught and then fled in the couple’s vehicle.
The police responded and began chasing the couple. Km says the prisoners got in a wreck, the left side of the vehicle and then led police on a foot chase.
She says that both men were taken into custody in Christiana, Tennessee.
The authorities say they have captured two escaped prisoners, wanted in the slayings of two Georgia prison guards.
GBI spokeswoman Nelly Miles says the 43-year-old Donnie Russell Rowe, and a 24-year-old Ricky Dubose were held, Thursday in Christiana, Tennessee.
The prisoners were hunted in the murder Tuesday morning of two prison guards who were overpowered, disarmed and shot to death on a prison bus southeast of Atlanta.
Baldwin State Prison transfer sergeants Christopher Monica and Curtis Billue were killed. Putnam County Sheriff Howard Sills called the fugitive prisoners “dangerous beyond description.”
Authorities had offered a $ 130,000 reward for information leading to their arrest.
The FBI is rolling out what it calls “a substantial media effort” including “a national billboard campaign” call for help from the public in the detection of two inmates wanted in the killing of their guards at a Georgia prison bus.
Agent David LeValley, who runs the FBI office in Atlanta, says the billboards offer specific information about a reward, now $ 130,000, and a national tip line for the case that, according to the number 877-926-8332.
LeValley emphasized that the reward for information leading to an arrest. He says “We offer no rewards for someone to be brought in dead or alive.”
The refugees — 43-year-old Donnie Russell Rowe, and a 24-year-old Ricky Dubose — are believed to have stolen a white Ford F250 pick-up truck with Georgia tag BCX-5372 around midnight Tuesday in Madison, Georgia.
The authorities say that the reward is increased to $ 130,000 for information leading to the arrest of the two escaped Georgia prisoners wanted for the killing of two guards.
Putnam County Sheriff Howard Sills said law enforcement agencies in Georgia and beyond are “the biggest effort I have ever seen” hunting on the refugees — 43-year-old Donnie Russell Rowe, and a 24-year-old Ricky Dubose.
The authorities say that the men overpowered two guards at a jail transport bus Tuesday and picked up their weapons. Sgt. Christopher, Monica, and Sgt. Curtis Billue were fatally shot.
Sills says that the escapees may have fled to Georgia after three days on the run. David LeValley, agent in charge of the FBI office in Atlanta, told reporters: “we are growing, not shrinking, our attempt to find these people.”
Funeral arrangements have been made for one of the two security guards were killed when two Georgia prisoners escaped from a prison transfer bus this week.
The Williams funeral home & Crematory website shows that the service for the 42-year-old Sgt. Christopher, Monica, will take place at 2 p.m. next week Tuesday in the First United Methodist Church in Milledgeville. The burial will follow in Heritage Memorial Park.
Putnam County Sheriff Howard Sills says inmates in the 43-year-old Donnie Russell Rowe, and a 24-year-old Ricky Dubose are accused of killing Monica and a 58-year-old Sgt. Curtis Billue beginning of the Tuesday. The manhunt for both detainees continues in its third day Thursday.
Monica and Billue were the officers at the Baldwin State Prison.
The website that Monica was a Chicago native and lived in Baldwin County in the past 20 years.
The search for two Georgia prisoners sought in the killing of their guards during an escape from a prison bus went into its third day Thursday, and the scale of the manhunt is expanding.
The authorities still don’t know whether Donnie Rowe, and Ricky Dubose are still in Georgia or still travel together, Putnam County Sheriff Howard Sills told reporters on Wednesday.
“They certainly have had time to get out of the state,” Sills said.
Sills said that the two prisoners 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 detainees between the prisons. He said the two then carjacked a driver who pulled up behind the bus and fled in his Honda Civic down highway 16 in Putnam County, southeast of Atlanta.