Couple’s dramatic 911 call after being held hostage by escaped Georgia inmates: ‘Get the police out here’

The couple held hostage by Georgia inmates Donnie Russell Rowe and Ricky Dubose, who were armed and on the run for over 48 hours after one of them shot and killed two correctional officers Tuesday, made a dramatic call to 911 on Thursday that led to the dangerous prisoners’ capture.

“We’ve had an armed home invasion,” the Shelbyville, Tennessee, man says in the 911 call. “They escaped from the prison in Georgia.

“… They took my car. We need help out here quick,” the man adds. “Both had, uh, handguns, high-powered handguns.

The man says he doesn’t know which direction the suspects went because he and his wife were tied up and had just got loose.

The wife is heard sobbing in the background of the call as her husband speaks to the dispatcher.

“It’s alright. You survived,” the man tells his wife. “You survived. You did a good job.”

He tells the dispatcher they weren’t injured, saying, “I don’t need an ambulance. Just get the police out here as quick as you can.”

Rutherford County Sheriffs Office
Donnie Russell Rowe, an escaped Georgia prisoner, was apprehended in Tennessee on June 15, 2017.
Rutherford County Sheriffs Office
Ricky Dubose, an escaped Georgia prisoner, was apprehended in Tennessee on June 15, 2017.

Hours before their capture, Putnam County, Georgia, Sheriff Howard Sills said the public was in “grave danger” and that authorities did not know where the dangerous inmates were.

Here is how the dramatic apprehension unfolded:

Between 5 and 5:30 p.m. local time Thursday, the couple reported that they had been held at gunpoint and tied up during a home invasion, Bedford County Sheriff Austin Swing said. The escaped inmates allegedly held the couple hostage for hours, from about 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. local time, said Josh DeVine, spokesman for the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation.

The man and woman were threatened during the ordeal, Swing said. One victim had broken free, but was tied up again, Swing said. Rowe and Dubose ate food in the couple’s…

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