Authorities: Inmates captured after chase, crash
- Author: Stacy Houston Jun 16, 2017,
Jun 16, 2017, 6:09
It's been two days since an audacious prison escape in rural Georgia left two guards dead and two fugitives on the loose.
Donnie Rowe, 43, and Ricky DuBose, 24, were captured in Tennessee after a auto chase, authorities confirmed.
That vehicle was spotted by law enforcement officers who chased Rowe and Dubose and captured them after they crashed and ran from the wreck.
Somehow, the pair managed to free themselves and force their way into the front of the vehicle, overpowering the guards and killing them with their own firearms.
At least one of the escapees shot and killed the officers, authorities said.
Since their daring escape, and after abandoning the other prisoners in the bus, Rowe and Dubose vanished, and officials say they have few leads as to their whereabouts.
The other prisoners on the bus Tuesday were taken to the Putnam County Sheriff's Office and put on another corrections department bus.
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The reward for information leading to their capture has been gradually increased from US$60,000 and now is at US$130,000.
Authorities were pleading with the public to look out for the stolen 2008 white Ford F250 pickup truck with the Georgia tag BCX-5372. The pain endured by the families and loved ones of Sergeant Christopher Monica and Sergeant Curtis Billue endures, however. 'I've worked in law enforcement in this state in some capacity for 44 years and I can tell you today, there has never been a reward that large, ' Sills said, FBI Atlanta Special Agent in Charge David LeValley said people throughout the state and country should be looking for the inmates.
The escapees were part of a group of 30 inmates being transported by bus by two armed guards.
Donnie Russell Rowe and Ricky Dubose are the inmates accused of shooting and killing two Georgia correctional officers in Putnam County. "They've certainly had time to get out of the state", Sills said.
The Williams Funeral Home & Crematory website shows that the service for 42-year-old Sgt. Christopher Monica will take place at 2 p.m. next Tuesday at First United Methodist Church in Milledgeville.
According to Sills, evidence confirmed that Dubose and Rowe burglarized a residence near where they ditched the auto.
Monica and Billue were officers at the Baldwin State Prison.
Rowe and Dubose, armed with the officers' weapons, then allegedly carjacked a Honda Civic from a resident who was driving by, and fled west toward Eatonton, the sheriff's office said.