Georgia Prison Escapees: 911 Call Captures Harrowing Account of Couple Held Hostage

Posted June 17, 2017

Both fugitives - who authorities said killed two prison guards in order to escape - lost their weapons in an earlier crash, so they surrendered, authorities told the station.

The two had been on the run since Tuesday after killing two state corrections officers and escaping from a prisoner bus in Georgia.

The manhunt for Donnie Rowe and Ricky Dubose suddenly focused on Tennessee Thursday evening after the fugitives invaded a home in Shelbyville and held a man and his wife hostage for several hours.

He says: "We were all tied up, we just got loose".

Once the man confirms the police are on their way again, he says he will be waiting for them outside his home. CORRECTS SOURCE TO GEORGIA DEPARTMENT OF CORRECTIONS IN SIGNOFF- This undated photo released by the Georgia Department of Corrections Tuesday, June 13, 2017, shows inmate Donnie Russell Rowe.

Hale said police arrived within three minutes of his call to 911.

Hale added the men took off their shirts and starting waving them at him in an attempt to get him to slow down.

Georgia's Department of Corrections said Rowe, 43, had been serving life without parole since 2002, and Dubose, 24, began a 20-year sentence in 2015.

Before their taste of freedom ended, Rowe and Dubose held an elderly couple hostage, officials told FOX 17 in Nashville.

"I'm happy. I'm elated, but I'm still tremendously sad about these (deceased) officers", Sills said about the capture. One of them fatally shot both guards, and then they jumped out of the bus and carjacked a driver who happened to pull up behind them on a state Highway 16 in Putnam County, southeast of Atlanta, authorities said.

The homeowner who caught two escaped Georgia inmates told his story during a press conference.

Dubose and Rowe ran from the vehicle into some woods but they were discovered by a homeowner who called his neighbor and they each grabbed a gun.

Deputies spotted the vehicle and chased it for 20 miles (32 kilometers) at high-speed, Tennessee Highway Patrol spokesman Lt. Bill Miller said.

A spokeswoman for the Rutherford County Sheriff's Office, where the two fugitives were said to have been found according to a local media report, did not immediately return calls or an email.

Now they'll be transported back to Putnam County, and the families of Christopher Monica and Curtis Billue can rest a little easier knowing that the men suspected behind their deaths are behind bars before their funerals.

There the two apparently stole a vehicle, which they covered with grass and branches when they ditched it along a state highway in Bedford County, authorities said.

Dubose and Rowe quietly crossed state lines between Wednesday and Thursday before they ditched the stolen truck in Moore County, Tennessee.

Monica and Billue were transfer sergeants at Baldwin State Prison.

"Both officers were known for their unwavering commitment to their job and their love of family", the Georgia Department of Corrections said in a statement.