Homeowner Who Caught Inmates Recounts The Moment They Surrendered

Posted at 5:04 PM, Jun 16, 2017
and last updated 2017-06-16 18:50:52-04

The homeowner who caught two escaped Georgia inmates told his story during a press conference.

Patrick Hale began by explaining that he and his family "ended up with the best scenario compared to every other family that was effected by these two guys." 

He then went on to recall the terrifying 20 minutes in which he was confronted by Donnie Rowe and Ricky DuBose who were wanted for killing two officers while escaping from prison.

Hale said around 6:40 p.m. on Thursday he got two calls from neighbors warning him that two criminals had just been in a shooting with police nearby.

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That's when, he gathered all of the weapons in his home in case he would need them. Minutes later he saw the men cross a barbed wire fence about 300 yards from his back door.

"I prayed like I have never prayed before," Hale said.

Yet, that's when a quiet whisper of "Daddy," could be heard coming from Hale's little girl at his feet, breaking his nervous tension. She asked him a question and he replied, "yes ma'am, just give me a second." 

Hale went on to explain that after calling 911 he decided to try to leave his home with his daughter in tow.

"We made the decision either to get in a panic room inside our house and be trapped or to get in our car and head down the road," said Hale.

However, once in the car, the men took off their shirts and waved them in the air as if to slow him down.

That's when the men immediately laid down on the concrete of his driveway and surrendered. Hale never had to confront the men or draw his weapon.

"If that [the surrender] doesn't make you want to believe in Jesus Christ, I don't know what will," said Hale.

The men remained on the concrete until police arrived, which he said happened within three minutes.

While answering questions, Hale picked up his daughter and said "This is the reason why I was really excited the police came as quick as they could."

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