• Donnie Rowe and Ricky Dubose
  • Gov. Nathan Deal announced the capture of Rowe and Dubose.

CAUGHT: Escaped inmates caught in Tennessee

UPDATE, 8:35 p.m. Thursday: Gov. Nathan Deal announced on his official Twitter account that escaped inmates Donnie Rowe and Ricky Dubose, accused of killing two transport guards on Tuesday, were captured in Tennessee.

"CAPTURED: Fugitives in custody following car chase in TN. More info will be forthcoming," Deal tweeted at 8:06 p.m. Thursday.

The Jones County Sheriff's Office reported on Facebook that the arrests came after Rowe and Dubose invaded an elderly couple's home and stole their vehicle. They fled on foot as authorities drew near and were arrested after a brief gun battle, the sheriff's office stated.

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UPDATE, 12:55 p.m. Thursday: Putnam County Sheriff Howard Sills has reported that the growing reward for the capture of Baldwin State Prison inmates Donnie Rowe and Ricky Dubose has increased to $130,000. Information should be reported to the Putnam County Sheriff's Office at 706-485-8557 or the FBI Atlanta Field Office at 706-679-9000.

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UPDATE, 8:45 a.m. Thursday: The Oconee County Sheriff's Office reports that the reward for information leading to the arrest of escaped Baldwin State Prison inmates Donnie Rowe and Ricky Dubose has increased to $115,000. Information should be reported to the Putnam County Sheriff's Office at 706-485-8557 or the FBI Atlanta Field Office at 706-679-9000.

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UPDATE, 2:15 p.m. Wednesday: According to the Georgia Bureau of Investigation, escaped inmates wanted for the Tuesday double homicide of two Georgia Department of Corrections officers may be driving a white 2008 Ford F-250 Super Duty truck with left and right side chrome tool boxes. On this vehicle, with license plate BCX5372, there is damage to the rear right fender.

To report any information about Ricky Dubose and Donnie Rowe, call 911, the FBI Atlanta office at 404-679-9000 or the Putnam County Sheriff's Office at 706-485-8557.

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UPDATE, 11:25 a.m. Wednesday: 

CLAYTON — The FBI in Atlanta has issued a $70,000 reward for the capture of two Baldwin State Prison inmates accused of killing two transport guards Tuesday morning before escaping.

The deadly escape occurred around 6:45 a.m. Tuesday when inmates Donnie Russell Rowe, 43, and Ricky Dubose, 24, somehow got out of a gated section of their transport bus while traveling along State Route 16 between Eatonton and Sparta. They overpowered and disarmed guards Christopher Monica and Curtis Billue, and one of the inmates opened fire, according to the Putnam County Sheriff’s Office. Authorities did not say which of the two inmates fired the shots.

Armed with the officers’ .40 caliber Glock pistols, Rowe and Dubose then hijacked a green 2004 Honda Civic with the license plate RBJ 6601. They then drove toward Eatonton.

Around 11:30 a.m., Rabun County dispatch issued a warning to local law enforcement to be on the lookout for the men, highlighting a local connection for Dubose. A Ghostface gangster member in Northeast Georgia, Dubose was known to previously reside in Rabun Gap’s Crusher Run Road area, dispatchers said. He was serving a 20-year sentence for 2014 convictions for armed robbery, aggravated assault and theft, as well as a number of 2010 convictions for theft and identity fraud, according to the Georgia Department of Corrections website.  

Rowe was serving up to life imprisonment for armed robbery and aggravated assault from a 2001 case. 

“They are dangerous beyond description,” Putnam County Sheriff Howard Sills told reporters. “They need to surrender before we find them.”

Dubose was described as a white male, 6’1, 140 pounds. Rowe was described as a white male, 6’1, 181 pounds.

Multiple law enforcement agencies took to social media to spread word of the killings and escape. The FBI’s Atlanta office announced its reward on Twitter at 12:35 p.m., saying: “Reward is up to $60,000 and growing for capture of escaped inmates who killed two @GA_Corrections officers.”

At 1:40 p.m., the Oconee County Sheriff’s Office posted on Facebook that the duo had been seen in Madison.

“According to the City of Madison PD, the inmates broke into a residence there and got clothes, left their prison whites, and made their escape from there. The inmates and their vehicle have not been recovered,” the post stated.

Gov. Nathan Deal vowed to deploy every state resource necessary to help capture Rowe and Dubose.

“I urge all those in the surrounding areas to be vigilant and cautious while the killers remain at large,” Deal said. “They are extremely dangerous. Anyone with information regarding their whereabouts should immediately contact 911.”

At one point, the Oconee County Sheriff’s Office posted a letter to Rowe and Dubose on Facebook. It stated: “Donnie and Ricky, I hope you are reading this. What is done is done. However, I am asking you to surrender yourselves to the nearest law enforcement officer as soon as possible. You made your escape, but you won’t be out long. Every lawman in the Southeast is looking for you. Every citizen in the Southeast is looking for you. You may have help hiding out for a few days, but someone is going to snitch you out and then we will find you. There is no one you can trust...and no where you can go that we won’t find you. You murdered two prison guards and carjacked a taxpayer. Why wait, spending hours and days looking over your shoulder and wondering when we will kick the door in. Stop now, dial 911 and turn yourself in peacefully.”

As of press time, the inmates remained on the run.

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UPDATE, 2:10 p.m. Tuesday: Escaped inmates Donnie Rowe and Ricky Dubose were spotted in Madison, according to the Oconee County Sheriff's Office, which posted on Facebook around 1:40 p.m.: "According to the City of Madison PD, the inmates broke into a residence there and got clothes, left their prison whites, and made their escape from there. The inmates and their vehicle have not been recovered."

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CLAYTON — Rabun County authorities have been advised to be on the lookout for two prisoners after one of them allegedly shot and killed two corrections officers during transport Tuesday morning. 

The Baldwin State Prison inmates were identified as Donnie Russell Rowe, 43, and Ricky Dubose, 24. According to the Putnam County Sheriff's Office, they overpowered and disarmed the guards before the 5 a.m. shooting on State Route 16 between Eatonton and Sparta. The sheriff's office did not say which of the two inmates fired the shots. Authorities said they are armed with the officers' .40 caliber Glock pistols.

The duo then carjacked a green 2004 Honda Civic with the license plate RBJ 6601 and drove toward Eatonton.

Rabun authorities were alerted to be on the lookout for Rowe and Dubose around 11:30 a.m. Dubose, who was a Ghostface Gang member for Northeast Georgia, was previously known to have an address in the Crusher Run Road area. He was serving a 20-year sentence for 2014 convictions for armed robbery, aggravated assault and theft, and 2010 convictions of theft and identity fraud. The Georgia Department of Corrections website states that Rowe was sentenced up to life in prison for convictions of armed robbery and aggravated assault in a 2001 case.

Dubose was described as a white male, 6’1, 140 pounds. Rowe was described as a white male, 6’1, 181 pounds. 

The officers killed were identified by the Corrections Department as Christopher Monica and Curtis Billue. 

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