Escaped Georgia inmate lived in Lewisburg

Friday, June 16, 2017
Donnie Russell Rowe, left, and Ricky Dubose are wanted in connection to the killing of their prison guards in rural Georgia Tuesday. Rowe is originally from Lewisburg.
Photos, Georgia Dept. of Corrections

Two prison inmates overpowered two corrections officers transporting them along with more than 30 other prisoners and shot the officers dead to make their escape in rural Georgia Tuesday morning. One of the inmates, Donnie Russell Rowe, 43, is from Lewisburg, Tenn., where his mother and other family members live today.

Rowe’s accomplice in the escape is Ricky Dubose, a 24-year-old Augusta, Georgia, man. Rowe is serving a life sentence without parole for multiple armed robberies, while Dubose was also convicted of armed robbery in Georgia.

Officials state that the two men are armed with .40 caliber Glock semi-automatic pistols they took from the officers.

The incident began approximately 5:30 a.m. EST Tuesday when Rowe and Dubose hijacked a prison bus on Highway 16 near Eatonton, Georgia. The two inmates took the guards’ guns with one of the two suspects shooting Baldwin State Prison officers Curtis Bilue and Christopher Monica.

The two suspects then exited the bus and signaled for a local resident to stop his car, a light green 2004 Honda Civic 4 door. They robbed the car’s driver and fled in the vehicle.

Rowe, is described as being 6 feet, 1 inch tall and weighs 181 pounds with dark hair and a beard. Dubose, who has a long rap sheet with gang ties, is 6 feet, 1 inch and weighs 140 pounds. He has several tattoos, the most prominent being over his eyebrows.

The two men later broke into a house, ditched their prison uniforms and stole clothes and food.

The two escapees later ditched their car and are now believed to be driving a white 2008 Ford F-250 standard cab with tool boxes and a dent in the left rear quarter panel, according to the Oconee County Sheriff’s Office Facebook post. The truck’s Georgia license plate number is BCX 5372, and was stolen from a business near I20 in Georgia’s Morgan County.

Since Rowe has family ties to Marshall County, U.S. Marshals are reported to have questioned family members Tuesday in regards to the escapee’s whereabouts. When local law enforcement officials were asked if any special precautions were being taken, “We’re doing the same as every other law enforcement agency,” MCSO Detective Tony Nichols said. “They have a BOLO (Be On The Lookout) out for them.”

“Even though he (Rowe) has family here, they (Rowe’s family) doesn’t think he’s coming here,” Nichols added. “As far as we know they have not contacted any family.”

At present, the reward for information leading to their arrest has risen to $115,000.