A Tennessee homeowner was hailed as a hero when he held two escaped inmates at gun point who were wanted for the murder of two prison guards in June until authorities arrived and made the arrests.
— Parker Branton (@ParkerBranton) June 16, 2017
The two convicts, 43-year-old Donnie Russell Rowe and 24-year-old Ricky Dubose, overpowered and killed Sgt. Christopher Monica and Sgt. Curtis Billue on a bus that should have been secured as it carried 33 inmates between prisons southeast of Atlanta.
Tennessee Highway Patrol spokesman Lt. Bill Miller said the escaped Georgia inmates had crashed a car while being chased by law enforcement and fled on foot into woods near the rural community of Christiana.
Miller said something alerted the homeowner that there were people outside when he saw that the men were trying to steal his vehicle. The trooper says the homeowner held the two at gunpoint with a neighbor until the Rutherford County Sheriff’s Department could get there to arrest them.
The search had involved law enforcement officers all over Georgia, as well as the FBI, the U.S. Marshals Service, and the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.
Gov. 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.”
Last week, the two Tennessee households were only given $10,000 each out of the $130,000 offered reward, according to Georgia authorities.
It is not clear if or when the remaining $110,000 of the reward money will be distributed, or to whom. It’s possible that the couple that Rowe and Dubose held captive may receive a portion of the reward since they alerted police that the felons fled in the couple’s vehicle.
That being said, if not for the homeowner who heard them stealing his car and held them at gunpoint – chances are they would not have been apprehended and the chase would have ensued.
Seems to me that $10,000 is chump change and the Georgia authorities need to explain where the remaining reward money will be distributed.