Man Credited For Finding Fugitives Says He Is No "Hero"

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Man Credited For Finding Fugitives Says He Is No "Hero"

The 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.

After initially stating the reward would not be paid because Dubose and Rowe had surrendered directly to police, Sills said he has since learned of civilian involvement that led to the inmates capture.

Monica and Billue were transfer sergeants at Baldwin State Prison, where Rowe, 43, had been serving life without parole since 2002, and Dubose, 24, began a 20-year sentence in 2015, both for armed robbery and other felonies. Just then, he saw Rowe and Dubose getting into his property, so he chose to take his daughter, Taylor, and leave the house.

Hale called 911 and said deputies arrived within three minutes. "It was just me and my daughter that day", he said. "I have their blood on my shoes".

As word of the inmates' escape spread, photos of the two men emerged on social media.

The callousness of the crime has authorities preparing to seek the death penalty for accused killers Ricky Dubose and Donnie Russell "Whiskey" Rowe. "That to me is more than a God thing", he said. "This is a rock quarry-type place".

"The [Tennessee State] trooper said the homeowner looked outside and saw the two allegedly trying to steal his auto".

Without a auto, Rowe and Dubose walked up a hill and reached a home in Shelbyville, about 30 miles from the Georgia -Tennessee border. Sheriff Sills said again, they were risky criminals and "not concerned with anything regarding human life".

"[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.

The pair were eventually caught in Tennessee after they attempted to steal a vehicle from a home in the area.

"We are presently looking into the facts about who or whom may be entitled to the reward and will make an announcement when those matters are decided", said Putnam County Sheriff Howard Sills on Saturday night.

Several SUVs were hit when the escapees drove away, opening fire on deputies as they fled.

After wrecking the vehicle, an exchange of gunfire erupted, but no one was injured.

Dubose and Rowe crashed the stolen SUV and ran into some woods. We got to go back and interview people. Their run across state lines ended when one citizen apprehended them in rural Christiana on Thursday, in neighboring Tennessee.

Authorities had said the homeowner saw the inmates trying to steal his vehicle and called his neighbor.

"I prayed like I never prayed before", he said.

He had been at his home on Pruitt road with his daughter when two friends called warning him about the fugitives.

Patrick Hale says he was carrying a loaded weapon but never pulled it out.

"They began to take off their shirts and start waving at us as if to slow us down", he recalled.

As to why the men surrendered, Hale theorized that it was because his auto looks like a police cruiser. "For some reason they started to surrender and lay down on their stomachs in my concrete driveway".

"We are very thankful to be in this situation versus the other families involved", said homeowner Patrick Hale. And though he had his weapon ready, he never actually had to draw it.

Having lost their weapons in the crash, Dubose and Rowe surrendered, authorities said.

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As of Friday, authorities had not discussed any charges against the fugitives. The typical murderer has a prior criminal history of at least 6 years with 4 felony arrests in his record before he finally commits murder.

The fugitives were taken to the Rutherford County jail, and in a hearing on Friday, wearing orange jumpsuits and surrounded by officers, they waived their right to challenge their extraditions to Georgia.

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