Two escaped Georgia inmates captured

A Georgia sheriff says the reward is now $115,000 for information leading to arrests of two inmates who killed two guards and escaped from a prison bus.

This undated photo released by the Georgia Department of Corrections Tuesday, June 13, 2017, shows inmate Donnie Russell Rowe.

The Putnam County Sheriff stated that they were seriously in search for the two culprits who are now equipped with 9 mm pistols that were forcefully collected from the correctional officers.

Authorities said Rowe and Dubose have stolen at least two vehicles since their escape.

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. "They have no concern for human life".

Sills said the two inmates got a head start by taking and tossing the Honda driver's cell phone, and leaving the other 31 prisoners locked inside the bus.

Signs of the fugitives turned up hours later and 25 miles north, in Madison, where they ransacked a house, ditched their prison uniforms, and took food and clothing.

"They brutally shot those officers multiple times", Sills said.

As of Wednesday, the GBI said Rowe and Dubose may be riding in a white 2008 Ford F-250 super duty pickup truck.

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 and ransacked a house.

Dubose, 24, has prominent tattoos on his body, including crowns above his eyebrows, a star below his right ear and graffiti-style letters all across his neck.

Dubose was also convicted of armed robbery.

"It's been on this badge the past year more than any time I can remember", he said.

After killing the guards and fleeing the prison bus, Rowe and Dubose carjacked a driver who had pulled up behind the bus.

Donnie Rowe, 43, and 24-year-old Ricky Dubose, 24, overpowered and killed Sgt. Christopher Monica and Sgt. Curtis Billue early Tuesday on a bus as it carried inmates between prisons, according to the Putnam County Ssheriff.

According to authorities, no other inmates tried to flee during the incident.

Sheriff Howard Sills and Federal Bureau of Investigation officials described at a news conference Thursday the expanded effort to find Donnie Russell Rowe and Ricky Dubose. They ran on foot for another 6 miles until they came to a home set back from the road by a long drive when they attempted to steal another vehicle, Miller said.

The sheriff said the bus is equipped with video, and he's watched it on a cellphone, but couldn't tell which inmate fired the fatal shots at the guards.

The New York State Corrections Officers Police Benevolent Fund contributed, as did a private business, Correct Care, that works in the prison system, he said.

Georgia Department of Corrections Commissioner Gregory Dozier said, "Our hearts are heavy as we mourn the loss of two of our officers, who are our family, and our priority is to locate these fugitives and bring them to justice for this heinous act against those working to protect the public".

Immediately after killing the officers, the men car-jacked a motorist's Honda Civic and sped away.

Tennessee Bureau of Investigation Director Mark Gwyn, center, speaks during a news conference held at a truck stop Thursday, June 15, 2017, in Christiana, Tenn. They gagged and tied her up, bound the man with belts and put socks on his hands so he wouldn't be able to use his fingers, he said.

  • Carolyn Briggs