Published: Thu, June 15, 2017
USA | By Kelli Rowe

Sheriff: Escaped inmates still on the run, stole a pickup

Sheriff: Escaped inmates still on the run, stole a pickup

Department of Corrections Assistant Commissioner Ricky Myrick said 43-year-old Donnie Russell Rowe and 24-year-old Ricky Dubose have been cellmates a few times, but he wasn't sure whether they were cellmates at Baldwin State Prison just prior to their escape Tuesday morning.

Authorities in Putnam County, Ga., say a manhunt is underway for two prison inmates who are described as "dangerous beyond description".

This combo of undated photos provided Tuesday, June 13, 2017, by the Georgia Department of Corrections shows inmate Ricky Dubose, left, and Donnie Russell Rowe.

Authorities say Rowe and Dubose killed Baldwin State Prison transfer sergeants 42-year-old Christopher Monica and 58-year-old Curtis Billue after overpowering and disarming them on a transport bus Tuesday morning.

Putnam County Sheriff Howard Sill spoke to the media about their crimes. His biggest fear, he said, is that they're going to kill someone else. They may be armed with the officers' Glock pistols.

Hours later, authorities converged on the small city of Madison, about 25 miles to the north, where they determined the fugitives had ransacked a house around 10:30 a.m. Tuesday.

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They later allegedly hijacked a vehicle, stole civilian clothes from a Madison home and later were seen at a Family Dollar on Eatonton Road in Madison, according to the Morgan County Citizen.

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.

The slain guards were identified as Sgt. Christopher Monica and Sgt. Curtis Billue, both transfer sergeants at Baldwin State Prison.

How the two inmates managed to reach and overpower them is a matter for the Corrections Department to investigate, said Sills, insisting that he's focused on bringing the fugitives to justice.

The bus had 31 other inmates aboard, and Sills said the shooting incident was captured on video. Dubose and Donnie Russell Rowe escaped after killing two prison guards during a bus transport in Georgia.

Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein said, "An attack on any American law enforcement officer is an attack on every American law enforcement officer and the principles we all believe in".

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Anyone with information regarding the whereabouts of the escapees should call 911 immediately, the Putnam County Sheriff's Office at 706-485-8557 or the Federal Bureau of Investigation at 404-679-9000.

The Georgia Department of Corrections is urging people not to approach the men and to call 911 if they spot the pair.

Authorities in Georgia have said two inmates killed two guards and then fled in a "grass green", four-door Honda Civic.

This photo provided by the Elbert County Sheriff's Office taken on October 13, 2015 shows inmate Ricky Dubose.

Oconee County released an updated mug shot of Dubose showing multiple face tattoos including crown tattoos over both eyebrows, a massive neck tattoo running from beneath his chin to his shirt line and another behind his right ear.

The FBI, the GBI and other agencies are offering the reward for information leading to the capture of Rowe and Dubose. It wasn't immediately clear why or for how long they were at the Hancock prison, or why they were being taken to the diagnostic prison.

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Dubose, 6 feet 1 inches tall and 140 pounds with blue eyes and brown hair, was sentenced up to 20 years in prison for armed robbery, aggravated assault and theft in 2014, the website shows. All Department of Corrections facilities across the state were put on lockdown for the foreseeable future.

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