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911 Call Captures Harrowing Account of Couple Held Hostage — Georgia Prison Escapees

17 June 2017

Tennessee Bureau of Investigation spokesman Josh DeVine said the bureau's agents will take part in processing the scene.

The two escaped inmates sought in the killings of two guards on a.

Rowe, 43, and Dubose, 24, along with 31 other prisoners were headed to the Georgia Diagnostic and Classification Prison, some 45 miles west of Eatonton, which is about half way between Atlanta and Augusta.

(Georgia Department of Corrections via AP).

But the agency says authorities have not decided how to disperse the reward, which comes from multiple law enforcement agencies. Two escaped inmates sought in the killings of two guards on a Georgia prison bus were captured Thursday in Tennessee after holding an elderly couple captive and leading police on a chase by auto and foot, authorities said.

Protocol is to have two armed corrections officers on the bus, but the officers don't wear bullet-proof vests during transfers, Corrections Commissioner Greg Dozier said. "If that doesn't make you believe in Jesus Christ, I don't know what does".

Patrick Hale was home alone with his young daughter when he started getting calls from friends that two men accused of killing two prison guards were loose in the vicinity of his rural Tennessee home after a shootout with law enforcement. Moments later, he saw them climb over his fence and approach his home, where he was alone with his little girl.

But when she got into her auto, it didn't start. Then, just as he prepared for the worst, the inmates took off their shirts and waved them in the air in a sign of surrender.

"I had a truck that was recently filled up with gas, with the keys in the front seat with a loaded shotgun that I left in the front of my house", Hale said.

Hale said police arrived within three minutes of his call to 911.

Bill Miller said late Thursday that the homeowner caught Donnie Rowe and Ricky Dubose trying to steal his vehicle...

There the two apparently stole a auto, which they drove to a house in Bedford County. "They told them that they would probably be dead in 24 hours and they didn't have anything to lose".

"[They] tied the man up with a belt and put socks on his hands where he couldn't use his fingers", he added. They also ate a beef stew the woman had been preparing, took valuables and clothing, and ordered them to concoct a story that would hide their identities.

Shortly after 5 p.m.

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Authorities were responding to a report of a home invasion in the area of Shelbyville, Tenn.

The husband told the dispatcher that the inmates, carrying high powered handguns, left in his black Jeep Cherokee. "We need help out here quick. hurry!"

"It's alright", the man is heard saying to his wife on the 911 call.

"You survived. You survived", he tells her. "You survived. You did a good job". "Come here and let me hold you".

The chase ended with a crash near the community of Christiana, Tennessee. With deputies in hot pursuit, the suspects left the weapons they had stolen from their guards in the couple's wrecked auto, and ran through trees to Hale's property.

Hale, a 35-year-old drug company employee, said he never drew the guns he had in the vehicle.

Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal applauded the "tireless efforts" of law enforcement but also turned his thoughts to the families of the two officers, saying their pain remains.

Putnam County Sheriff Howard Sills said there are a number of factors that will determine when the men can be returned to Georgia, and none of that was settled by early Friday.

A tip from a couple who had been held hostage by escaped Georgia inmates and help from armed citizens led to their capture in Rutherford County Thursday night.

Sgt. Christopher Monica and Sgt. Curtis Billue were overpowered and disarmed, then shot to death.

Authorities warned that the men, who had escaped with the guards' 9 mm pistols, were considered very unsafe.

Dubose and Rowe quietly crossed state lines between Wednesday and Thursday before they ditched the stolen truck in Moore County, Tennessee.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, citing Georgia Bureau of Investigation Director Vernan Keenan, reported that gunshots were fired.

911 Call Captures Harrowing Account of Couple Held Hostage — Georgia Prison Escapees