Georgia Bureau of Investigation spokeswoman Nelly Miles said that Donnie Russell Rowe, 43, and Ricky Dubose, 24, were apprehended Thursday in Christiana, Tenn., a rural community approximately 50 miles southeast of Nashville.
Dubose, left, and Rowe are pictured after their arrest in Christiana, Tenn. (Fox 5 Atlanta)
GBI Agent Miles said Rowe and Dubose broke into the home of an elderly couple in Shelbyville, Tenn. and held them captive. Later fleeing in the couple’s vehicle. Local police responded and began chasing the pair. Eventually, the fugitives got into a wreck and fled the vehicle on foot.
Sheriff Howard Sills of Putnam County Georgia advised WKEU news that Rowe and Dubose surrendered after fleeing into some woods. He said that shots were fired, the inmates were unharmed and there were no reports of any injuries to law enforcement personnel.
Last Tuesday Rowe and Dubose overpowered and killed Sgt. Christopher Monica and Sgt. Curtis Billue on a bus transporting prisoners between prisons between Putnam County and Jackson.
A $130,000 reward had been posted for information leading to the arrest of the fugitives, whom Sheriff Sills called “dangerous beyond description.”
The search had involved law enforcement agencies all over Georgia, as well as the FBI, the U.S. Marshals Service, and the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms.
The two fugitives carjacked a driver who pulled up behind the bus, and fled in a Honda Civic on state Highway 16 in Putnam County..
Sheriff Sills said the pair got a head start by taking and tossing the driver of the Honda’s cellphone and locking the other 31 prisoners inside the bus.
The fugitives were spotted a few hours later in Madison, Georgia an Morgan County. Authorities found the house the pair broke into ransacked and a the pickup stolen. By that time the trail had gone cold.
Rowe, 43, has been serving life without parole since 2002, and Dubose, 24, began a 20-year sentence in 2015. Both were convicted of armed robbery and other violent crimes, and they’ve been cellmates more than once in Georgia’s prisons.
Sgt. Chris Monica, left, and Sgt. Curtis Billue were killed by the inmates early Tuesday. Sergeant Curtis Billue shown in his uniform a Commissioned Officer in the United Stats Army Infantry on right. (Georgia Department of Corrections)
Sergeant Monica, 42, and Sergeant Billue, 58, were both transfer sergeants at Baldwin State Prison. Monica had been with the Georgia Department of Corrections since October 2009 and Billue since July 2007.