Georgia Inmates Who Escaped Prison, Killed 2 Guards Captured in Tennessee

Ricky Dubose, left, and Donnie R. Rowe, right, after they were captured on Thursday. (Georgia Department of Corrections)

They stole at least four vehicles, tied up an elderly couple after invading their home and led the police on a high-speed chase, the authorities said. But on the third day of a nationwide manhunt, two Georgia inmates who officials said had killed a pair of guards in a brazen escape from a prison bus were captured in Tennessee on Thursday evening.

The two convicted armed robbers, Donnie R. Rowe and Ricky Dubose, had been on the run since about 6:45 a.m. Tuesday, when their escape prompted a widespread search with a reward of $130,000.

“Rest assured, justice will be served,” Gov. Nathan Deal of Georgia said in a statement. “My sincere thanks to our local, state and federal law enforcement officers who assisted in the manhunt. Because of their tireless efforts, the public is safe.”

The pair were being moved early Tuesday morning in a routine transfer when they escaped from the caged back area of the prison bus, overpowered and disarmed the two corrections officers responsible for driving, and fatally shot them, the authorities said. After escaping, the men immediately carjacked a 2004 Honda Civic, burglarized a home and later stole a white Ford truck.

Sheriff Howard R. Sills of Putnam County, Ga., said the truck stolen in Georgia was abandoned in Moore County, Tenn., about 75 miles southeast of Nashville. Somewhere near there, the escapees stole another car, which they abandoned about 15 miles north in Bedford County, Tenn., near Shelbyville, he said.

About 2:30 p.m. Thursday, Mr. Rowe and Mr. Dubose then invaded the home of an elderly couple, Sheriff Austin Swing of Bedford County said.

They held the couple at gunpoint, tied them up and remained in the home until about 5:30 p.m., Sheriff Swing said.

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SOURCE: NY Times, Matt Stevens