Armed Georgia Escapees Nabbed In Rutherford County After Taking Hostages

Lance Nichols
June 20, 2017

WSMV-TV quotes the U.S. Marshall's office saying 43-year-old Donnie Russell Rowe and 24-year-old Ricky Dubose were apprehended Thursday in Christiana.

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

Authorities were responding to a report of a home invasion in the area of Shelbyville, Tennessee.

Rowe and DuBose were then spotted in Rutherford County on I-24 at mile marker 91 which led to a shootout between them and police. "I'm still tremendously sad about these officers", a relieved Sills told reporters Thursday night. "I have their blood on my shoes". That's when the inmates crashed and ran away on foot before they were captured.

As word of the inmates' escape spread, photos of the two men emerged on social media.

Dubose's cousin spoke out Thursday before his capture, pleading he turn himself in.

"Two extremely risky people, well-armed and traveling at high speeds throughout our community was a grave concern and we acted accordingly and they were soon captured by us and other agencies", Goodwin said. "This is a rock quarry-type place".

Donnie Russell Rowe and Ricky Dubose are locked in the Rutherford County Adult Detention Center in Murfreesboro, awaiting extradition to Georgia.

At the top of the hill, they forced their way into a home at gunpoint, Swing said.


Without a vehicle, Rowe and Dubose walked up a hill and reached a home in Shelbyville, about 30 miles from the Georgia -Tennessee border.

"They wrestled with the man and got control of him and threatened both of them's lives", he said.

The fugitives tied the couple up, putting socks on the man's hands so he couldn't loosen his bonds, Swing said. They also ate a beef stew the woman had been preparing, took valuables and clothing, and ordered them to concoct a story that would hide their identities. "They wrecked the auto somewhere on the interstate and got out and fled into the woods, " he said.

The pair were captured in Rutherford County about 250 miles from Madison, Georgia, where they allegedly stole a pickup truck. At some point, shots were fired but no one was wounded.

Rowe and Dubose crashed the vehicle, bailed out and ran into the woods, a Tennessee Highway patrol spokesman said. They then laid down in his driveway and stayed there until police arrived.

The inmates had run through the woods to a home near the rural community of Christiana. They tried to steal a vehicle from the man who, with the help of his neighbor, held them at gunpoint until they were arrested, ending a three-day long manhunt that spanned 260 miles. Having lost their weapons in the crash, Dubose and Rowe surrendered, authorities said.

Putnam County, Georgia, Sheriff Howard Sills said earlier today the public was in "grave danger" and that authorities did not know where the unsafe inmates were. One of the escapees is then believed to have shot and killed Sergeant Christopher Monica and Sergeant Curtis Billue.

Tuesday. A reward for information leading to the two inmates' arrest rose to $130,000 after contributions from more law enforcement agencies, according to the Associated Press. The escaped inmates allegedly held the couple hostage for hours, from about 2 p.m.to 5 p.m. local time, said Josh DeVine, spokesman for the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation.

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