Ricky Dubose and Donnie Russell Rowe, two Georgia prisoners who escaped from a Putnam County prison bus, have been apprehended by police after a three day manhunt. The two inmates had killed two correctional officers during the escape, according to Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
Dubose and Rowe were caught after breaking into the home of an elderly couple in Shelbyville, Tennessee. They attempted to steal a cell phone and the couple's Jeep, but police on a routine welfare check noticed the convicts on the run.
Police chased and attempted to gun down the criminals for ten miles, but the duo were ultimately apprehended by two local homeowners, who held them at gunpoint until law enforcement officials arrived.
“We know how important it was to capture them,” said Tennessee Bureau of Investigation Director Mark Gwyn. “With the crimes committed in Georgia, we know they could’ve done that here. Yes, it feels good (to capture them), but there’s a lot of hurt people in Georgia that feel this pain for many years.”
"It happened the way we thought it would," added Georgia Bureau of Investigation Director Vernon Keenan. "They would do a crime and it would escalate."
Before their capture, Dubose and Rowe were described by police as "dangerous beyond description."
Dubose had been serving time after being convicted of financial identity fraud, credit card fraud, burglary by forced entry, theft by taking and entering a vehicle, aggravated assault, and armed robbery. Rowe had been serving a life sentence without parole for armed robbery, possession of a firearm during a crime, and aggravated assault.
[Photo: Oconee County Sheriff's Office]
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