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


"The homeowner did come out, he requested a neighbor who lived just over the way from him to come over and assist and together they did secure these two suspects until the Rutherford County Sheriffs were able to come and apprehend them", said THP Lieutenant Bill Miller.

The fugitives tied them up, and when the man tried to break free, they tied him up tighter, putting socks on his hands so he couldn't loosen his bonds, Swing said.

Sills said the fugitives each had 9mm guns they took from the prison officers they killed.

The man and woman "are lucky they're alive", Bedford County Sheriff Austin Swing said.

Rowe and Dubose were on a state corrections bus with 31 other prisoners Tuesday morning when the two somehow got out of what should have been a locked, gated rear section of the bus, police said.

Before their taste of freedom ended, Rowe and Dubose held an elderly couple hostage, officials told FOX 17 in Nashville.

"I'm sure (the keys) were left" in the truck, Sills said.

On a Tennessee highway, more than 270 miles away from where the nightmare began, is where authorities finally caught up with the men they say killed two of their own.

Officials say the Tennessee man, who has not been identified by authorities, caught the escapees attempting to steal his vehicle Wednesday night.

But the agency says authorities have not decided how to disperse the reward, which comes from multiple law enforcement agencies.

The man tells the dispatcher "we've had an armed home invasion - it's the two people from Georgia, escapees". Hale said that his vehicle resembles a police auto and may have led the inmates to surrender.

The pair eventually were taken into custody by Tennessee authorities, he said, adding he was not aware of any injuries to law enforcement during the pursuit or arrests.

Around noon, Bedford County Sheriff Austin Swing said an abandoned vehicle was found on a highway that appeared to be covered up with branches. Rutherford County Sheriff Michael Fitzhugh said his deputies did not return fire and none were injured.

"True bravery is what's caused us to stand before you tonight to talk about a successful capture instead of a tragic accident", said Tennessee Bureau of Investigation Director Mark Gwyn. One of them fatally shot both guards, and then they jumped out of the bus and carjacked a driver who happened to pull up behind them on a state Highway 16 in Putnam County, southeast of Atlanta, authorities said.

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

The slain Baldwin State Prison officers were Christopher Monica, 42, who was hired in 2009, and Curtis Billue, 58, who was hired in 2007, Georgia Corrections said.

"They will be brought to justice swiftly for their heinous crime against our officers", Georgia Department of Corrections Commissioner Greg Dozier said in a news release.

Rowe is serving life without parole for armed robbery, the department of corrections said, and Dubose is serving a 20-year sentence for armed robbery.