The reward for information leading to the arrest of the two escaped prisoners accused of killing correctional officers Curtis Billue and Christopher Monica on Tuesday has risen to $130,000.
"I have been a police officer of some sort in this state for over 43 years, and I can tell you today there has never been a reward that large", Putnam County Sheriff Howard Sills said during a Thursday joint press conference with the Federal Bureau of Investigation and other agencies. When officers approached them, they surrendered and were taken into custody.
At around 7:55 p.m. ET Thursday, authorities have confirmed that the two inmates were spotted in Shelbyville, Tennessee, about an hour south of Nashville.
After killing the guards and fleeing the prison bus, Rowe and Dubose carjacked a driver who had pulled up behind the bus. Both escaped inmates were serving long sentences for armed robbery and other crimes.
"They've had time to be halfway across the country", he said. After killing the guards and abandoning the prison bus, Rowe and Dubose carjacked a passerby's vehicle at gunpoint and ransacked a nearby house for food and clothes. They were later spotted near the town of Madison when they broke into a home sometime around 10:30 a.m. and stole clothes and food.More news: Federer ready for competitive return
Authorities put up roadblocks, only to discover Wednesday morning that the pickup had been stolen, from a site about 9 miles away from the burglary. It was unclear whether they were still using the Ford F-250 when they were caught. "We need the public's help in locating these vehicles and locating these individuals".
Dubose could have trouble hiding his prominent tattoos, which include a crown above his right eyebrow and a star below his right ear, writing above his left eyebrow and writing across his neck.
Officials said Dubose, 24, is also a hardened criminal despite his relative youth, and a member of the notorious "Ghostface Gangsters" white supremacist group. The Department of Corrections said Rowe has been serving life without parole since 2002, and Dubose began a 20-year sentence in 2015.
A state-wide search for Rowe and DuBose had been underway since they made their escape from Eatonton, Ga. on Tuesday. Police arriving at the scene found the other inmates handcuffed inside the locked truck with the engine running.
The prison bus was equipped with security video and had 31 other inmates in its cage, Sills said. "I can't tell you how the gate got open". Shots were fired, but no one was injured, Keenan said.