Two Georgia cellmates who killed their guards and escaped from a prison bus have stolen a second vehicle as they try to stay ahead of a massive manhunt, a sheriff said Wednesday. Inside, they shed their prison clothes for street clothes and stole food and a white Ford pickup.
In Georgia, Putnam County Sheriff Howard Sills told reporters no one was wounded and the inmates gave up after about 15 minutes in the trees beside Interstate 24. These are serious, unsafe hoodlums that need to be apprehended, ' Sills said.
"It has become a nationwide search", said Special Agent David LeValley, who runs the Federal Bureau of Investigation office in Atlanta.
The slain Baldwin State Prison officers were Christopher Monica, 42, who was hired in 2009; and Curtis Billue, 58, who was hired in 2007, authorities said.
"We need the eyes and ears really of anybody in this country to be on the lookout", Sills said Thursday. "There's an infinite number of people that may well be helping them outside", Sills said.
"They are risky beyond description", Sills added.
"The impact of these cowardly acts is far-reaching", said Department of Corrections Commissioner Greg Dozier. The inmates got into a wreck, left the vehicle and then led police on a foot chase before both men were taken into custody in the community of Christiana, she said. He urged anyone who sees them to call 911 immediately.
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Sills said the two inmates got a head start by taking and tossing the Honda driver's cellphone and locking the other 31 prisoners inside the bus.
Sills said investigators now have nighttime surveillance video that apparently shows the two men between Madison and the quarry.
Authorities say the reward has increased to $130,000 for information leading to the arrest of two escaped Georgia inmates wanted for killing two prison guards. "If somebody is helping them and we find out who they are, they will be prosecuted as participants in this crime, there's no doubt about that".
Corrections officials can not say for sure they did not plan this escape, although they stress the two should not have known they were being transferred Tuesday morning.
Authorities warned that the men, who had escaped with the guards' 9 mm pistols, were considered very risky.
Monica had worked for the facility for almost eight years after being hired in October of 2009.
Rowe, 43, was serving a life sentence for armed robbery and a weapons possession in 2001. Dubose was serving a 20-year sentence for armed robbery, aggravated assault and theft from a 2014 case. "As [Tuesdsay] went on, and I learned more and more about these two officers and met their families, I realized that the impact of these cowardly acts is far-reaching".