Sher­iff: Es­caped in­mates still on run, stole pickup

Fugi­tive’s prom­i­nent tat­toos likely easy to spot, cops say

The Washington Times Daily - - NATION - BY KATE BRUMBACK

AT­LANTA | Two Ge­or­gia cell­mates who killed their guards and es­caped from a prison bus have stolen a sec­ond ve­hi­cle as they try to stay ahead of a mas­sive man­hunt, a sher­iff said Wed­nes­day.

Don­nie Russell Rowe, serv­ing life with­out pa­role, and Ricky Du­bose, who has prom­i­nent tat­toos on his face and neck, took a white pickup truck from an in­dus­trial site some­time be­tween 6 p.m. Tues­day and 6 a.m. Wed­nes­day, po­ten­tially en­abling them to get hours away be­fore the theft was dis­cov­ered, Put­nam County Sher­iff Howard Sills said.

Sher­iff Sills de­scribed the fugi­tives as vi­o­lent re­peat of­fend­ers and ex­tremely dan­ger­ous, hav­ing taken the guards’ 9 mm pis­tols. He urged any­one who sees them to call 911 im­me­di­ately.

“They just mur­dered two corrections of­fi­cers in a bru­tal fash­ion,” Sher­iff Sills said. “They’re not con­cerned with any­thing re­gard­ing hu­man life.”

Im­me­di­ately af­ter the killings early Tues­day, the pair car­jacked a driver who hap­pened to pull up be­hind the bus on a ru­ral high­way, and drove away in a “grass green,” four-door 2004 Honda Civic with the Ge­or­gia li­cense plate num­ber RBJ-6601, author­i­ties said.

They left 31 other in­mates locked in the bus with the two dead guards and took the driver’s phone. By the time help ar­rived, they had van­ished.

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. Sher­iff Sills said they took some food and likely some clothes since they left their prison uni­forms be­hind.

Author­i­ties put up road­blocks, only to dis­cover Wed­nes­day morn­ing that the pickup had been stolen from a site about nine miles away from the bur­glary. Now author­i­ties also are search­ing for a 2008 white Ford F250 pickup truck with the Ge­or­gia tag BCX-5372. Since they haven’t found the Honda Civic yet, it’s not clear whether the fugi­tives are still to­gether.

“It’s very frus­trat­ing,” Sher­iff Sills said. “We need the pub­lic’s help in lo­cat­ing these ve­hi­cles and lo­cat­ing these in­di­vid­u­als.”

Sher­iff Sills agreed with re­porters that Du­bose will have trou­ble hid­ing his prom­i­nent tat­toos, which in­clude crowns above his eye­brows, a star be­low his right ear and graf­fiti-style letters all across his neck. Sher­iff Sills said Du­bose also has “ghost” tat­tooed on his right fore­fin­ger and “face” on his right pinky fin­ger — signs of mem­ber­ship in the Ghost Face Gang­sters.

Both es­caped in­mates were serv­ing long sen­tences for armed rob­bery and other crimes. The Depart­ment of Corrections web­site in­di­cates Rowe has been serv­ing life with­out pa­role since 2002, and Du­bose be­gan a 20-year sen­tence in 2015.

The in­mates have been cell­mates more than once in Ge­or­gia’s pris­ons, had known each other for “quite a while” and may have planned the es­cape to­gether, Depart­ment of Corrections As­sis­tant Com­mis­sioner Ricky Myrick said.

Bald­win State Prison of­fi­cers Sgt. Christo­pher Mon­ica and Sgt. Cur­tis Bil­lue were driv­ing 33 in­mates be­tween pris­ons when Rowe and Du­bose over­pow­ered them and then used the guards’ guns to kill them around 6:45 a.m. Tues­day, author­i­ties have said.

The other in­mates have been ques­tioned and a cam­era on the bus recorded the guards be­ing shot, but corrections of­fi­cials have not ex­plained to the pub­lic how the pair man­aged to get through the in­mate com­part­ment’s nor­mally locked door.

Don­nie Russell Rowe

Ricky Du­bose

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