SHELBYVILLE, Tenn. - The Bedford County couple, who survived a hostage situation involving two escaped inmates from Georgia said they were happy to be alive.
Neighbors told NewsChannel 5 they couldn't imagine how the couple felt just one day after the terrifying incident, but said they were just glad no one was hurt.
The two Georgia inmates, Donnie Rowe, 43, and Ricky DuBose, 24, allegedly killed two correctional officers during their escape.
They found their way to the couple's home Thursday after police said they stole two vehicles. The men forced their way into the home, threatening the couple in their 60s.
The victims told deputies the suspects held guns to both heads and told them they'd kill them. They told the couple they were murderers from Georgia, and that they didn't have anything to lose because they'd likely be dead in 24 hours.
After tying them up with belts and placing socks on their hands to make it harder to escape, the suspects ate beef stew that the wife victim had just made.
They left after about three hours, taking the man's boots, clothes, the woman's jewelry and other valuables.
The couple eventually got loose and called the Sheriff's Office. Officials said the victims are "scared to death."
"We were tied up, we were all tied up we just got lose. You were tied up right? Oh yes," said the victim on the phone with dispatchers.
Next door neighbors were shocked to find out escaped fugitives were so close to home.