Escaped Georgia inmates captured in Tennessee, authorities say

The manhunt for the two Georgia inmates accused of killing two correctional officers as they escaped a prison bus is expanding.

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

After their escapee, the fugitives stole first a Honda Civic and then a Ford F-250 pickup truck.

"We are searching everywhere in America", Putnam County Sheriff Howard Sills said, according to WSB.

Sills calls Rowe and Dubose "two serious, dangerous, vicious hoodlums".

"It has become a nationwide search", said Special Agent David LeValley, who runs the Federal Bureau of Investigation office in Atlanta.

Multiple agencies were offering $130,000 for help in finding Rowe and Dubose, who killed correction officers Christopher Monica and Curtis Billue early Tuesday.

Shots were fired, Sills said. "Sills said investigators were trying to determine how the killers got out of the cage and into the driver's compartment, "USA Today writes".

The head of Georgia's Department of Correction, Greg Dozier, declined to talk about how the prisoners where capable of overtaking the armed guards on Thursday.

That vehicle was spotted by law enforcement officers who chased Rowe and Dubose and captured them after they crashed and ran from the wreck. Sills said Dubose also has "ghost" tattooed on his right forefinger and "face" on his right pinky finger — signs of membership in the Ghost Face Gangsters.

"Where they have gone from there I don't know", Sill said. Hours later, authorities said the two broke into a home in Madison and stole clothes and food.

At least one of the escapees shot and killed the officers, authorities said.

Ricky Myrick, assistant commissioner of the Georgia Department of Corrections, told reporters on Wednesday that the inmates were most recently cellmates at Baldwin State Prison and had been cellmates at other Georgia prisons. "They would do a crime and it would escalate". Monica had been with the Georgia Department of Corrections since October 2009 and Billue since July 2007.

Both escaped inmates were serving long sentences for armed robbery and other crimes.

Authorities warned that the men, who had escaped with the guards' 9 mm pistols, were considered very risky. Dubose, a former Madison County resident, was serving a 20-year sentence for armed robbery with a projected release date of September 3, 2034.

"It has become a nationwide search for these two individuals", he said.

  • Marlene Weaver