Search for escaped inmates expanding as it enters 3rd day

Posted June 16, 2017

'I was afraid to go home.' #Breaking GA Corrections Dept. confirms escaped convicts accused of killing two officers were cellmates. Richard Elliot (@RElliotWSB) June 14, 2017 Sills agreed that the two men are very unsafe.

The fugitives — 43-year-old Donnie Russell Rowe and 24-year-old Ricky Dubose — are believed to have stolen a white Ford F250 pickup truck with the Georgia tag BCX-5372 around midnight Tuesday in Madison, Georgia.

Putnam County Sheriff Howard Sills said Thursday that the two escapees, armed with guns taken from the murdered prison guards, are a grave danger to the public.

Sills calls Rowe and Dubose "two serious, dangerous, vicious hoodlums".

Special agent David Levalley of the FBI's Atlanta Division said federal authorities have joined local and state officials to help catch the escapees.

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

The two inmates then fled in the stolen Honda Civic and drove about 25 miles (40 kilometers) north to Madison, where they ransacked a home, stealing food and clothes and leaving their prison uniforms behind around 10:30 a.m. Tuesday.

"It's very frustrating", Sills said.

"Yes, they have been interviewed", Sills said.

Rowe and Dubose held a couple captive and then fled in the couple's vehicle, Miles said. When officers approached them, they surrendered and were taken into custody. The other prisoners on the bus, Sills said, "did not visibly participate" in the escape. Authorities have now expanded the hunt beyond state lines, offering a reward of $130,000 for information that leads to their capture, USA Today reports.

"If somebody is helping them and we identify who they are, they will be prosecuted as parties to this crime", Sills said. They should be considered armed and risky. Both were convicted of armed robbery and other violent crimes.

They escaped Tuesday after overpowering the guards on a Baldwin State Prison bus.

Dubose, who was serving a 20-year prison sentence at the time of his escape, likely will not have an easy time hiding in a crowd: His neck is covered with hard-to-miss tattoos, with more ink drawings, in the shape of a crown, engraved over his eyebrows.

"Both officers were known for their unwavering commitment to their job and their love of family", the Georgia Department of Corrections said in a statement. "It's a shame two individuals would be so cowardly to do this", Dozier said.