Timeline: Georgia Inmates Captured In Middle TN

Posted at 5:40 PM, Jun 16, 2017
and last updated 2017-06-17 19:55:02-04

Two inmates from a Georgia prison, Donnie Rowe and Ricky DuBose, escaped during a bus transport, but were captured two days later in Rutherford County.

The Escape

Tuesday, June 13:

  • 6:45 a.m. - Two GDOC officers, 58-year-old Russell Billue and 42-year-old Christopher Monica were allegedly shot and killed by two inmates. It happened on a bus carrying 33 prisoners. The bus was headed to another corrections facility. The escaped inmates allegedly carjacked a passing vehicle, robbing the driver at gunpoint shortly after their escape.
  • 11 a.m. - Putnam County (GA) Sheriff Howard Sills confirmed inmates the were Donnie Russell Rowe and Ricky DuBose. Sills said the men were in a 2004 green, 4-door Honda Civic and armed with the officers' pistols. They were believed to be armed and "dangerous beyond belief."
  • 6:30 p.m. - Escaped inmates broke into a Madison, Georgia home and stole clothing and food. The reward for their capture was raised to $30,000 per suspect.
  • 11 p.m. - Reward increased to $70,000 total.

The Run From Police Continues

Wednesday, June 14:

  • Rowe and DuBose were believed to have carjacked another person, in a white F-250 and were thought to be somewhere in Georgia. The Reward was raised to $90,000. Sheriff Sills said again, they were dangerous criminals and "not concerned with anything regarding human life."

Spotted In Tennessee

Thursday, June 15:

  • Reward increased again to $130,000.

Escaped Georgia Inmates Captured In Middle Tennessee

  • Escapees allegedly abandoned the truck they were driving in Moore County then stole a small 2-door white vehicle which broke down in Bedford County.
  • 2:30 p.m. - The Bedford County Sheriff said the fugitives walked to a home off of Highway 82 and held the couple inside hostage for three hours, threatening to kill them, saying they had "nothing to lose."
  • 5:30 p.m. - Suspects leave the home in the couple's Jeep, but the couple was able to free themselves to call 911.

The Capture

Thursday, June 15:

  • About 6 p.m. - The inmates were spotted on I-24 near mile marker 89 in Rutherford County. A high-speed chase ensued, in which the suspects fired multiple shots at police. Rowe and DuBose crash the vehicle, but got away on foot near mile marker 91.

Homeowner Who Caught Inmates Recounts The Moment They Surrendered

  • 6:40 p.m. - People in Christiana called neighbors to alert each other about the recent chase and the suspects on the run.
  • 6:46 p.m. - Patrick Hale loaded every weapon in house. A minute later, he saw DuBose and Rowe hop the barbed wire fence into his yard and called 911. He and his daughter got in his car to leave his home, but they were stopped by the men in his driveway. That's when they laid on the pavement and surrendered.
  • 6:50 p.m. - Police officers arrive and arrest the inmates.

Friday, June 16

  • Inmates appear in Rutherford County court and waive extradition.