Published: Mon, June 19, 2017
Global Media | By Meredith Barber

Reward increases to $70000 for escaped inmates

Reward increases to $70000 for escaped inmates

Morgan County Sheriff Capt. Christopher Bish said when the inmates broke into the home in Madison, they left their prison whites.

Sills says authorities aren't sure where they went after that, but he suspects they're no longer in the Madison area.

They were able to get through a locked gate and overpower two officers, one of whom was driving the transport bus.

He also vows the criminals "will be brought to justice".

"Both officers", the corrections department said in a statement, "were known for their unwavering commitment to their job and their love of family".

A multistate manhunt is underway for Rowe, 43, and Dubose, 24, and a reward for their capture has risen to $90,000, the sheriff said. The agency tweeted that the amount is likely to increase.

Donnie Russell Rowe, 43, and Ricky Dubose, 24, were taken into custody after two armed residents held them at gunpoint after they tried to steal a auto from a home near the site where they left a wrecked Jeep Cherokee on Interstate 24, Lt. Bill Miller from the Tennessee Highway Patrol said late Friday. "The selflessness and courage of these two fearless souls will not be forgotten, nor will their sacrifice and service". They are risky beyond description.

Georgia's top prisons official compared the slaying of two prison guards to losing family members.

"They just murdered two corrections officers in a brutal fashion".

The inmates, 24-year-old Ricky Dubose and 43-year-old Donnie Russell Rowe, were on a bus with 31 other inmates who were being transported from Hancock State Prison to Georgia Diagnostic and Classification Prison in Jackson.

Sills said the public's help in locating both vehicles is crucial. They are armed with 9mm pistols that were taken from the correctional officers. He appears to have a crown tattooed above his right eyebrow, writing above his left eyebrow and large letters covering the entire front of his neck.

He has also served time for multiple convictions for credit card fraud, financial identity fraud, theft by taking, burglary, robbery and a for entering an vehicle charge.

"I saw two brutally murdered corrections officers", Sills said.

Sills said the pair was seen fleeing in a car-jacked "grass green", four-door Honda Civic with the Georgia license plate number RBJ-6601.

Sills and Myrick would not elaborate on how the pair overpowered and killed prison guards Christopher Monica and Curtis Billue.

Authorities have not discovered any connection that either Rowe or Dubose has to Noxubee County or Mississippi.

Putnam County Sheriff Howard Sills described the inmates in an emotional press conference as "dangerous beyond description".

Two armed inmates have escaped and are considered very risky. They were discovered by a homeowner who called his neighbor and they each grabbed a gun. It happened at about 5 a.m.

Both escapees are considered by authorities to be armed with 9mm handguns, the ones taken from the corrections officers after they were shot to death on the bus.

The U.S. deputy attorney general has condemned the slayings of two Georgia prison guards during testimony before a Senate budget panel.

Sills says the green Honda still hasn't been recovered and it's unknown whether the two men are still traveling together.

Rowe, who is 6 feet 1 inches tall and 181 pounds with blue eyes and brown hair, was serving a sentence of up to life in prison for armed robbery and aggravated assault in a 2001 case. He said the truck has not been spotted since it was reported as missing.

PUTNAM COUNTY, Ga (WXIA-TV) - Two prison guards are dead after being shot and killed by prisoners in Putnam County.

MACON (The Telegraph) - According to The Telegraph in Macon, the Putnam County Sheriff's Office is reporting two corrections officers are dead after a prison bus was hijacked.

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