Escaped Inmates Held Terrified Couple Hostage Prior To Their Capture

Escaped Georgia Inmates Captured In Middle Tennessee
Georgia Governor Thankful For Escaped Prison Inmates Capture In Tennessee After Chase
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20 June, 2017

He waives his right to extradition.

Prior to their arrest Thursday, authorities said the truck stolen in Georgia was found abandoned in Moore County, Tennessee.

He answers the judge simply with, "Yes, mam".

The prisoners have been taken back into custody and will face new charges.

According to Bedford County Sheriff Austin Swing at a press conference, Dubose and Rowe ditched a vehicle at the base of a hill in Shelbyville, covering the auto with grass and branches.

Authorities in Rutherford County captured two Georgia fugitives accused of double homicide after they tied up a couple and led police on a chase that closed Interstate 24 Thursday.

He also lauded the cooperation between agencies, and offered support the grieving members of law enforcement in Georgia. Dubose and Donnie Russell Rowe escaped after killing two prison guards during a bus transport in Geo.

They held the terrified couple for three hours, until they made a decision to go on the run again. They carjacked a driver who stopped at the scene, and stole at least one more vehicle while on the run, police say.

MORE | What really happened on the Dept. of Corrections bus? .

Donnie Rowe, 43, and Ricky DuBose, 24, allegedly killed the two correctional officers in Georgia while they were being transferred to another facility by transport bus.

After their bloody jailbreak, the two convicts were spotted in the town of Madison where they broke into a house and helped themselves to clothes that would make them less noticeable.

However, they were not so lucky the second time around, WSB-TV reports.

There the two apparently stole a vehicle, which they covered with grass and branches when they ditched it along a state highway in Bedford County, authorities said.

Those men were the two runaways, who left the home sometime after 5 p.m.in the elderly couple's vehicle.

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.

The inmates threatened the couple, telling them they were the Georgia fugitives and had nothing to lose by killing them, Swing said. Several SUVs were hit and the escapees opened fire on deputies, but no one was injured, officials said. In Tennessee yesterday, they led police on a 10-mile vehicle chase that ended in a wreck and gunshots. The interstate was shut down and K-9s were brought out.

And the trucker wasn't alone in seeing these two men.

Officers didn't know at the time that the heavily tattooed men were holding a couple hostage nearby. "They told them that they would probably be dead in 24 hours and they didn't have anything to lose".

Putnam County Sheriff Howard Sills said there are a number of factors that will determine when the men can be returned to Georgia, and none of that was settled by early Friday.

"We've had an armed home invasion", the Shelbyville, Tennessee, man says in the 911 call.

"They wrestled with the man and took control of him", Swing told WSMV.

"I prayed like I have never prayed before", he said at a news conference today of the moment he saw the prisoners approaching. "We need the eyes and ears of everybody really in this country to be on the lookout for these two individuals", Sills said Thursday.


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