Escaped inmates accused of killing guards arrested in Tennessee — Georgia manhunt

Glen Mclaughlin
June 16, 2017

The New York Correctional Officers and Police Benevolent Association (NYSCOPBA) announced it donated $15,000 to a reward fund for the capture of two Georgia inmates accused of killing two correction officers and escaping.

Putnam County Sheriff Howard Sills said Thursday that the reward for information on the fugitives has been increased to $130,000.

Donnie Rowe and Ricky Dubose were taken into custody after a foot pursuit just off I-24 at the Epps Mill Road exit.

Dubose and Rowe hijacked a Honda Civic that was recovered Wednesday afternoon in a wooded area off US 441, not far from a burglary where the men changed out of their prison uniforms.

Georgia's law enforcement community will pay tribute to two corrections officers killed on duty Tuesday.

Department of Corrections Assistant Commissioner Ricky Myrick said 43-year-old Donnie Russell Rowe and 24-year-old Ricky Dubose have been cellmates a few times, but he wasn't sure whether they were cellmates at Baldwin State Prison just prior to their escape.

There was no other description of the prisoners and no reason to conclude that they had split up, Sills said.

The sheriff says that their last known whereabouts were a rock quarry in the area where they stole a white F250 Ford truck.

Sills said both men were violent repeat offenders and are considered armed and risky.

Sills said the public is in grave danger and the escaped inmates are "vicious hoodlums that need to be apprehended".

"They will be followed up on", said Sills.

"They were inside the caged area of the bus", he said.

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Dubose was a part of the Ghostface Gangsters when he was on the outside and is a member of the Aryan gang in prison, according to authorities. Both are believed to be armed and risky. But nothing solid so far, officials said. The Georgia Bureau of Investigation also confirmed the news.

Sills was devastated as he narrated the incidence to reporters.Officials said the two prisoners got into a 2004 Honda Civic vehicle with a Georgia plate number and sped off west on State Highway 16, heading toward Eatonton, Atlanta.

The corrections officers killed have been identified as 42-year-old Christopher Monica and 58-year-old Curtis Billue. Dubose was serving a 20-year sentence for armed robbery and aggravated assault.

People in Madison were relieved that it appears the alleged killers have left their town. The Georgia license plate is BCX5372.

The deadly incident happened on Hwy.

Visitation with Monica's family will be from 5-7 p.m. Monday at Williams Funeral home on N. Jefferson Street in Milledgeville.

Georgia State Patrol Col. Mark McDonough said a ranger with the Department of Natural Resources, which shares the radio channel with GSP, heard the transmissions about the shooting and the carjacking victim and tied the two together. They escaped Tuesday after overpowering the guards on a Baldwin State Prison bus, leading to a nationwide manhunt. "He is described as a white male standing around 6'2" and weighing about 150 pounds. 16 near Hancock County.

Meanwhile, the GBI, sheriffs and deputies from nearby counties, the FBI and other federal agents converged in the area around the bus.

"We're trying to get this bus unloaded", Massee said.

The officers were fatally shot on the bus that was transporting 33 inmates along Ga.

"Everything is happening as we speak", she told The Telegraph by telephone.

Other reports by MaliBehiribAe

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