Like a scene out of a movie or an episode of Prison Break, two, Georgia inmates shot and killed two, prison guards on a prison-transfer bus. After killing the guards, prisoners Donnie Rowe and Ricky Dubose escaped their shackles and fled the scene.
Rowe and Dubose were able to hijack a car and get away from Georgia law enforcement—as well as the FBI, the US Marshals Service and the US Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, who were all chasing them relentlessly. The two then crashed the car and ran into the forest on foot.
The escapees then stumbled upon a house and made an attempt to steal the homeowner’s car, but that ended up being a very big mistake. When the homeowner saw Rowe and Dubose in the midst of it, he called his neighbor. The citizens held the escapees at gunpoint until the Rutherford County Sheriff’s Department showed up.
Rowe and Dubose were described by authorities as “dangerous beyond description” on their escape. A $130,000 reward was offered for any information about the whereabouts of the fugitives.
After the fugitives were found, Governor Nathan Deal released a statement: “Rest assured, justice will be served. My sincere thanks to our local, state and federal-law enforcement officers who assisted in the manhunt. Because of their tireless efforts, the public is safe.”
The authorities did a good job. They probably would have found the two men eventually, but the real hero in this situation is the homeowner who overpowered and captured the fugitives. He has an added $130,000 in his bank for his efforts. Heroism does pay!