Published: Fri, June 16, 2017
Local | By Ada Griffith

Authorities say escaped Georgia inmates caught in Tennessee


Officials with the FBI and Georgia Bureau of Investigations said a total of $115,000 was now being offered as a reward for information on the whereabouts of the inmates, Donnie Russell Rowe and Ricky Dubose.

PUTNAM COUNTY, Ga. (NBC/AP) - Authorities in Georgia have identified two prison guards they say were killed by inmates who escaped during a bus transport.

"We need the eyes and ears of everybody really in this country to be on the lookout for these two individuals", Sills said today.

Sills calls Rowe and Dubose "two serious, dangerous, vicious hoodlums". "You will be apprehended".

Authorities said both men are considered extremely unsafe.

"My biggest worry is they're going to kill somebody else", Sills said.

Both face a possible death sentence if they are convicted of murdering the two correctional officers.

The deceased security guards were Christopher Monica, a strapping 42-year-old man, and Curtis Billue, 58, an experienced and highly-regarded prison worker.

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"I think everyone is at least a little bit scared".

Georgia State Patrol Col. Mark McDonough said a ranger with the Department of Natural Resources, which shares the radio channel with GSP, heard the transmissions about the shooting and the carjacking victim and tied the two together. "I want to be home before dark", said Elzata Brown, who was walking laps on the downtown streets.

Donnie Russell Rowe, 43, and Ricky Dubose, 24, remain at-large and are said to be armed with guns they stole from the prison guards.

After killing the guards and fleeing the prison bus, Rowe and Dubose carjacked a driver who had pulled up behind the bus. He wasn't sure whether they were cellmates at Baldwin State Prison immediately prior to the escape. Officials say the Honda was found hidden in a wooded area Wednesday afternoon. By then, the trail had gone cold.

Rowe was serving a life sentence without the possibility of parole for multiple armed robberies; Dubose was serving 20 years for armed robbery and aggravated assault. They took off with the Honda driver's phone, leaving 31 other inmates locked in the bus with the two dead guards, and were gone by the time help arrived.

Two escaped inmates from Putnam County, Georgia, may have been spotted in Jasper County. Investigators said the incident was captured on video.

Monica and Billue were both transfer sergeants at Baldwin State Prison.

(Georgia Department of Corrections via AP).

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