Two escaped Georgia inmates wanted in the murder of two prison guards were held at gunpoint Thursday by a heroic Tennessee man and his neighbor until authorities arrived to arrest the fugitives.
According to Tennessee Highway Patrol spokesman Lt. Bill Miller, the unidentified homeowner caught Donnie Rowe and Ricky Dubose attempting to steal his vehicle.
While being pursued by law enforcement, the escaped inmates crashed a car and fled on foot into the woods flanking Interstate 24 near the rural community of Christiana.
Miller reported that something alerted the homeowner to the presence of people outside his home and he saw the men attempting to steal his vehicle. After calling a neighbor for assistance, the two held the escapees at gunpoint until the Rutherford County Sheriff’s Department could get there to take the fugitives into custody.
Rowe and Dubose face charges of killing Sgt. Christopher Monica and Sgt. Curtis Billue early Tuesday on a prison transfer bus carrying 33 inmates between detention facilities in southeast of Atlanta.
A reward on $130,000 was offered for information leading to the arrest of the fugitives who were described as “dangerous beyond description.”
Law enforcement officers from throughout Georgia were involved in the search, as well as the FBI, the U.S. Marshals Service, and the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.
Gov. Nathan Deal released a statement regarding the capture of the escaped inmates that read, “Rest assured, justice will be served. 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.”
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