A homeowner in Tennessee is being hailed as a hero for holding two escaped Georgia prison inmates at gunpoint until police arrived on the scene.
Officers arrested Donnie Rowe and Ricky Dubose in Christina, Tennessee, that effectively ended a nationwide manhunt for the pair after they escaped Tuesday. In the process, they killed two correctional officers, sparking the manhunt.
Tennessee Highway Patrol spokesman Lt. Bill Miller said Thursday that the homeowner caught the two trying to steal his vehicle, Fox News reported.
The two men crashed a car while being chased and fled into the woods near Interstate 24 in Tennessee. There, they then tried to take the vehicle.
The unnamed homeowner and a neighbor then held the two at gunpoint until the Rutherford County Sheriff’s Department was called.
Officials said that Rowe and Dubose overpowered and killed Sgt. Christopher Monica and Sgt. Curtis Billue on Tuesday on a bus that carried 33 prisoners southeast of Atlanta.
When the two arrived in Tennessee, the BBC has more details:
On Thursday, officials said the two men were in custody following a car chase in rush hour traffic through Rutherford County, Tennessee. Earlier that day, the two men had stormed into an elderly couple’s home, put guns to their heads and tied them up with a belt, authorities say. Dubose and Rowe remained inside the home of the couple – who police say are “extremely
Earlier that day, the two men had stormed into an elderly couple’s home, put guns to their heads and tied them up with a belt, authorities say. Dubose and Rowe remained inside the home of the couple – who police say are “extremely traumatised” – for three hours as they took clothing and jewellery, and ate beef stew. After the convicts left in the couple’s black Jeep Cherokee car, the man and woman managed to escape and call
After the convicts left in the couple’s black Jeep Cherokee car, the man and woman managed to escape and call police.
Gov. Nathan Deal released a statement on the matter:”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.”
“True bravery is what’s caused us to stand before you tonight to talk about a successful capture instead of a tragic end,” Tennessee Bureau of Investigation Director Mark Gwyn stated, per the New York Daily News. “So I’m totally grateful to everyone involved.”
Rowe, 43, was serving life without parole since 2002 and 24-year-old Dubose was been serving a 20-year sentence since 2015. Officials indicated they’ll be extradited to Georgia.
If convicted, the two men could face the death penalty.
“They will be brought to justice swiftly for their heinous crime against our officers” Georgia Department of Corrections Commissioner Greg Dozier said.