Georgia inmates remain on run after 2 prison guards killed

Frederick Owens
June 21, 2017

Ricky Dubose, 24, and 44-year-old Donnie Russell Rowe were considered armed and extremely unsafe.

The sheriff said there was no reason to believe the two have split up and gone their separate ways.

(Elbert County Sheriff's Office via AP). Sills urged the public to study the latest photos released of Rowe and Dubose, taking particular note of crown tattoos above Dubose's eyebrows.

The prisoners breached a protective gate on the bus to reach the officers, before disarming and killing them both, the sheriff's office said.

Georgia Department of Corrections spokeswoman Joan Heath could not provide additional details.

Rowe, whose nickname is "Whiskey", was convicted of armed robbery and is in prison for life without parole.

Then they escaped by carjacking a driver who happened to pull up behind the bus on a rural highway, setting off a massive manhunt involving local, state and federal officers, Putnam County Sheriff Howard Sills said.

Sills said both men were violent repeat offenders and are considered armed and unsafe. Authorities are warning anyone who sees them to call 911.

"I don't think there's much fear because they're not here anymore", Sills said. "They're not concerned with anything regarding human life".

Armed with the officers'.40-caliber Glocks, Rowe and Dubose stopped the first passerby and stole that individual's auto, which is described as a 2004 grass-green Honda Civic with the license plate RBJ-6601.

Sills said the green Honda still hasn't been recovered, and it's unknown whether the two men are still traveling together.

"Obviously, we think they may well be in the truck at this time".

Sills said later they took over a random house and stole some food and some clothes.

The pickup truck was the second vehicle the pair have stolen, Sills said.

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The most promising lead could be the pickup truck, a 2008 Ford F-250, bearing the Georgia tag BCX 5372.

They originally carjacked a Honda. In addition to tattoos on his face and neck, Dubose also has ghost tattoos on his pointer finger and pinkie. Dubose is serving 20 years without parole for armed robbery.

GEORGIA (AP) - A Georgia sheriff says authorities still don't know the whereabouts of two escaped Georgia inmates accused of killing two prison guards.

It wasn't immediately clear why the prisoners were being transferred.

Two state prisoners overpowered the correctional officers who were driving a transport bus along Georgia State Route 16 between Eatonton and Sparta in Putnam County at around 6:45 a.m. Tuesday, about 80 miles southeast of Atlanta, according to the Putnam County Sheriff's Office.

"They have known each other for quite a while", said Myrick.

The pair were two of 33 inmates being moved from Hancock State Prison yesterday morning.

The inmates overpowered Baldwin State Prison officers Sgt. Christopher Monica and Sgt. Curtis Billue, obtaining the officers.40-caliber-Glock pistols.

Monica, a sergeant, worked for the department for nearly eight years and leaves a wife.

Jim Green, an attorney speaking for the family of Sgt. Curtis Billue, said in an email that "Officer Billue's family asks for prayers for all of those who are now placing their own lives at risk to bring these men to justice".

Anyone with information about the whereabouts of the fugitives is asked to call the Federal Bureau of Investigation at 404-679-9000 or the Putnam County Sheriff's Office at 706-485-8557.

The FBI announced plans to hold a news conference in Madison on Thursday along with state and local law enforcement to provide a "comprehensive update" on the investigation.

Law enforcement officers saw that stolen vehicle and a chase ensued until the escapees crashed and ran from the wreck.

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