Unclear when inmates will return to Georgia

Ricky Du Bose and Donnie Russell Rowe

Ricky Du Bose and Donnie Russell Rowe

For two days, police in the south were engaged in an all-out manhunt in search of escaped convicts Donnie Rowe and Ricky Dubose.

Rowe shuffles into court, donning an orange jumpsuit, his hands cuffed together.

He wasn't sure whether they were cellmates at Baldwin State Prison immediately prior to the escape.

The judge tells Dubose that he too has a fugitive warrant.

The prisoners have been taken back into custody and will face new charges.

Likewise, Georgia Department of Corrections Commissioner Greg Dozier said in a press release, "We are relieved to know that these two unsafe individuals have been taken off the streets, and the public is out of harm's way".

It was a moment the southeast had been waiting for, including several law enforcement officials across several state.

Dubose, who was serving a 20-year prison sentence at the time of his escape, was described as having a neck covered with hard-to-miss tattoos, with more ink drawings, in the shape of a crown, engraved over his eyebrows.

Dubose and Rowe made it about six miles or so before they attempted to steal another vehicle, but its owner spotted them from inside, phoned a neighbor for help and then held the inmates at gunpoint until police arrived.

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The suspects, 24-year-old Ricky Dubose and 43-year-old Donnie Russell Rowe, were prison inmates who overpowered the officers, then allegedly shot them to death. They would later switch stolen cars to a white, pick-up truck.

According to Bedford County Sheriff Austin Swing, Row, 43, and DuBose, 24, on Thursday entered the unnamed couple's Shelbyville home after their auto broke down nearby. 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.

"They have known each other for quite a while", Myrick said.

Georgia prison escapees knew their time was running out as they held a Tennessee couple at gunpoint Thursday afternoon.

A 10-mile pursuit ensued, during which shots were fired. Vehicles, but no people, were hit.

They then ran off on foot but were stopped at a home on Pruitt Road in Christiana, where they gave themselves up to police.

Putnam County Sheriff Howard Sills said it's a relief to have the inmates back in custody.

And like that, the manhunt that had brought fear, uncertainty and tension to the state of Georgia was over.

He also lauded the cooperation between agencies, and offered support the grieving members of law enforcement in Georgia. It showed the two men tattooed and exhausted.

"Two extremely risky people, well-armed and traveling at high speeds throughout our community was a grave concern and we acted accordingly and they were soon captured by us and other agencies", Goodwin said.

Rutherford County Sheriff Michael Fitzhugh said his deputies did not return fire and none of them injured.

Within 15 minutes, the couple was able to break free and call police.

"They wrestled with the man and got control of him and threatened both of their lives", Swing said. He said he didn't know how they got through the locked cage to overpower the guards. Goodwin told News 2 the men surrendered after they were approached.

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