Two prisoners who recently escaped by killing two prison guards during a bus transport reportedly broke into a home in Morgan County and took clothing, leaving their prison uniforms behind.
The inmates have since been captured in Tennessee. Authorities in Georgia identified the two prison guards killed by the inmates as Christopher Monica and Curtis Billue, both officers at Baldwin State Prison.
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“Authorities say 43-year-old Donnie Russell Rowe and 24-year-old Ricky Dubose were on work duty and traveling on a prison bus early this morning in Putnam County when they overpowered the prison guards shooting and killing them,” an article on the WSAV website reads.
Rowe, who goes by the nickname “Whiskey” was convicted of armed robbery and is in prison for life without parole. Dubose was also convicted of armed robbery, but no information in regards to his sentencing was released.
During their spree, the two men stole at least four vehicles, tied up an elderly couple after invading their home, and led police on a high-speed chase, according to an article in the New York Times.
But on the third day of their crime spree, the two men were captured by authorities in Tennessee last Thursday.
When they first went missing, authorities warned the public that the men were armed and dangerous.
“According to officials, the two are armed with .40 caliber Glock pistols that belonged to the officers,” the WSAV article reads. “Officials say the two may be making their getaway in a dark green 2004 Honda Civic with Georgia plate RBJ660.”
The shooting occurred on Hwy. 16 West of Sparta near Eatonton about 6:45 a.m. The two escapees are believed to be traveling in a car that was carjacked shortly after the shooting.
According to various news reports, the Georgia Bureau of Investigation was initially offering a $60,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of the men. That reward was at $130,000 by the time the men were captured.
Authorities confirmed that at least one of the escaped prisoners has ties to the ‘Ghostface Gangsters,’ according to WSAV.
Investigators had said that the two men could be anywhere and if necessary, the search would continue nationwide.
“A representative from the Oconee County Sheriff’s Office states the escapees broke into a home south of Athens and took clothing, leaving their prison uniforms behind,” the WSAV article reads.
The US Marshals Southeast Regional Fugitive Task Force and the Georgia Bureau of Investigation is involved with the investigation.
“The first call came in shortly before 7 a.m. Tuesday as inmates apparently took control of the prison bus on Ga. 16 near Hancock County,” the article reads. “Baldwin County Sheriff Bill Massee [was] on the scene assisting, as were deputies from Hancock County.”
Deputies told the media they were busy unloading 32 inmates off of the bus following the incident.
“Rest assured, justice will be served,” Gov. Nathan Deal of Georgia said in a recent statement about their capture. “My sincere thanks to our local, state and federal law enforcement officers who assisted in the manhunt. Because of their tireless efforts, the public is safe.”