Authorities say escaped Georgia inmates caught in Tennessee

Search for escaped inmates expanding as it enters third day

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

Authorities took Dubose and Rowe into custody in Christiana, Tenn.

'I was afraid to go home.' #Breaking GA Corrections Dept. confirms escaped convicts accused of killing two officers were cellmates. Richard Elliot (@RElliotWSB) June 14, 2017 Sills agreed that the two men are very risky. The Putnam County Sheriff's Office said the auto was found in a wooded area not far from the scene of a burglary in Morgan County. These are serious, risky hoodlums that need to be apprehended, ' Sills said.

The FBI rolled out "a significant media effort", including "a nationwide billboard campaign" to try to catch the fugitives, according to David LeValley, who runs the FBI office in Atlanta. Both guards were shot and killed before the escapees carjacked a driver who happened to pull up behind the bus as it stopped on a rural highway, said Putnam County Sheriff Howard Sills.

Sills said the resources committed to apprehending the two prisoners are also unprecedented. "They've certainly had time to get out of the state", Sills said. "We can not replace them".

Protocol is to have two armed corrections officers on the bus, but the officers don't wear bullet-proof vests during transfers, Corrections Commissioner Greg Dozier said.

If you know anything about the whereabouts of Donnie Rowe and Ricky DuBose, they're asking you to call the U.S. Marshals at 877-WANTED 2. Officials said he's a member of the Aryan prison gang known as the Ghostface Gangsters.

And they're urging people to take care.

The prison bus was equipped with security video and had 31 other inmates in its cage, Sills said.

He said investigators believe Rowe and DuBose ransacked a home in Madison, Morgan County, Ga. around 10 or 11 a.m.

On Thursday evening, WSMV reported Shelbyville Police said a couple was found tied up and a black Jeep and guns were stolen.

"If somebody is helping them and we identify who they are, they will be prosecuted as parties to this crime", Sills said.

Authorities said the inmates were being transported when they overpowered the two officers, one of whom was driving the transport bus.

Monica had worked for the facility for almost eight years after being hired in October of 2009. They should be considered armed and unsafe.

Rowe had been serving a life sentence since 2002 over convictions including robbery and aggravated assault. "As [Tuesdsay] went on, and I learned more and more about these two officers and met their families, I realized that the impact of these cowardly acts is far-reaching".


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