Published: Fri, June 16, 2017
Culture | By Kelly Harrison

Authorities: Inmates captured after chase, crash

According to a report from The Atlanta Journal Constitution, Georgia Bureau of Investigation Director Vernan Keenan said the fugitives committed a home invasion of an elderly couple and then took their vehicle.

Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal said in a tweet they were captured after a auto chase.

On Thursday evening, WSMV reported Shelbyville Police said Rowe and DuBose tied up a couple inside their home and stole their black Jeep and guns. Sills said it was stolen late Tuesday night, roughly 12 hours after they ransacked a house 9 miles (14 kilometers) away to gather food and change from their prison uniforms. The vehicle is described as a 2008, two-door model with silver tool boxes on both side rails.

According to Goodwin, the pair opened fired on two police vehicles and fled on foot after crashing near mile marker 91.

Georgia Department of Corrections Commissioner Greg Dozier said in a news release that he was relieved the two inmates were captured and no longer a threat to the public.

The two men, who were serving time for armed robbery, escaped on Tuesday in rural Putnam County, about 70 miles (110 km) southeast of Atlanta, as they were being transported between two prison facilities with 31 other inmates.

Corrections officials can not say for sure they did not plan this escape, although they stress the two should not have known they were being transferred Tuesday morning. "These are risky, seriously unsafe vicious hoodlums that need to be apprehended", said Putnam County Sheriff Howard Sills, who is coordinating the search. A reward for information about the two fugitives rose to at least $130,000.

A nationwide manhunt had intensified for the inmates - Donnie Russell Rowe and Ricky Dubose - who had been armed and on the run since Tuesday, officials said.

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Sills says it's possible the escapees may have fled Georgia after three days on the run.

Funeral arrangements have been made for one of two prison guards killed when two Georgia inmates escaped from a prison transfer bus this week.

The slain Baldwin State Prison officers were Christopher Monica, 42, who was hired in 2009; and Curtis Billue, 58, who was hired in 2007, authorities said.

"It has become a nationwide search", said Special Agent David LeValley, who runs the Federal Bureau of Investigation office in Atlanta.

Authorities do not know whether Donnie Rowe and Ricky Dubose are still in Georgia or still traveling together, Putnam County Sheriff Howard Sills told reporters Wednesday.

He said the focus now was tracking them down and offering compassion to the families of the corrections officers, killed in the line of duty.

The men immediately carjacked a 2004 Honda Civic after their escape from the bus, then burglarised a home and eventually stole a white Ford truck, the authorities said.

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