Couple held captive by escaped convicts calls 911

Erica Murray
June 17, 2017

Two Georgia prison inmates accused of murdering their guards in an escape from a prison bus earlier this week have been captured in Tennessee.

Police say they forced their way into an elderly couple's home at gunpoint on Kingree Road in Bedford County. It showed the two men tattooed and exhausted.

43-year-old Donnie Roe and 24-year-old Ricky Dubose, both waived their extradition hearings.

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

Rowe and Dubose were finally taken alive.

The inmates then led police on a pursuit along Interstate 24 and fired at police until their vehicle crashed. It is unclear which inmate shot and killed the two correctional officers. "I have their blood on my shoes".

A minute later, Hale said he saw two men cross a barbed wire fence 300 yards from his back door.

"I prayed like I have never prayed before", Hale said. "This is a rock quarry-type place".

It was the first of four cars they stole while trying to elude capture, authorities said. A different homeowner who later spotted the inmates trying to steal his vehicle held them at gunpoint until officers arrived.

The focus of the manhunt for Donnie Rowe and Ricky Dubose suddenly shifted north of the Georgia line Thursday evening after the fugitives invaded a home in Shelbyville and held a couple hostage for several hours.

Miller said the homeowner held them at gunpoint until deputies arrived.

The fugitives tied them up, and when the man tried to break free, they tied him up tighter, putting socks on his hands so he couldn't loosen his bonds, Swing said.

In the span of three hours, the inmates ate a "beef stew like" soup and took shoes, clothing as well as jewelry from the house, Swing said.

By about 5 p.m. they were on the run again, in the couple's Jeep.

Deputies spotted the vehicle and chased it for 20 miles (32 kilometers) at high-speed, Tennessee Highway Patrol spokesman Lt. Bill Miller said. The suspects fired numerous rounds at officers during the chase before they crashed and fled into the woods.

Several SUVs were hit and the escapees opened fire on deputies, but no one was injured, officials said.

Dubose and Rowe stole a truck in Madison, Georgia, and ditched it about 260 miles away in Moore County, Tennessee, on Thursday, Putnam County Sheriff Howard Sills said. They got in his auto.

The chase ended with a crash near the community of Christiana, Tennessee.

A nearby homeowner noticed the two trying to steal his auto, which was parked in the driveway.

"We've had an armed home invasion", the man on the phone says.

"We were tied up, we just got loose", he told the dispatcher after saying he was unsure what direction the suspects traveled in.

As of Thursday, authorities had not discussed any charges against the fugitives. He said he thought, "Were they going to get to it or not?"

"True bravery is what's caused us to stand before you tonight to talk about a successful capture instead of a tragic accident", said Tennessee Bureau of Investigation Director Mark Gwyn.

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