Patrick Hale, 35, is the hero homeowner who got two fugitives to surrender to him, and was able to turn them into authorities. Hale spotted the two fugitives in his area, who were reported on the news for escaping prison after overpowering and killing a security guard.
Hale says that a neighbor alerted him that the tattooed fugitives were in the area, so he immediately went into his house and loaded all his guns. “I loaded every weapon I could in my house to be prepared in the event that they needed to be used,” said Hale. “I called 911 and made the decision to either get in our panic room and be trapped or get in our car and head down the road.”I grabbed my sweet daughter and got in the car… we saw the men had been running and were much closer to my house now. They took off their shirts and waived them at us as if to slow us down,” Hale said of the suspects Donnie Rowe, 43, and Ricky Dubose, 24.
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Hale said: ‘My vehicle looks very much like a police cruiser. I realized I had two ex-cons wanted for murder who had just shot at law enforcement who had nothing to lose and for some reason they surrendered and laid down on the concrete in my driveway.’
‘If that doesn’t make you believe in Jesus Christ, I don’t know what does,’ Hale said with his wife Danielle Hale, 37, and his daughter Taylor, by his side.
He decided to flee – getting into his car with his girl. Then, just as he prepared for the worst, the inmates took off their shirts and waved them in the air in a sign of surrender. He thinks they mistook his car for a law enforcement vehicle.
He said while he never had to pull out his weapon – the wait for police was agonizing. More than 45 police officers began showing up within three minutes, he said.
‘I cannot tell you how grateful I was to see them arrive,’ Hale said.
The manhunt for Rowe and Dubose suddenly focused on Tennessee Thursday evening after the fugitives invaded a home in Shelbyville and held a man and his wife hostage for several hours.
That couple ‘are lucky they’re alive,’ Bedford County Sheriff Austin Swing said. The fugitives ‘told them that they would probably be dead in 24 hours and they didn’t have anything to lose.’
The fugitives tied them up, and when the man tried to break free, they tied him up tighter, putting socks on his hands so he couldn’t loosen his bonds, Swing said.
They also ate a beef stew the woman had been preparing, took valuables and clothing, and ordered them to concoct a story that would conceal their identities.
‘They threatened them that they would be back if they didn’t,’ Swing said.
By about 5pm they were on the run again, in the couple’s Jeep. Within 15 minutes, the couple managed to call for help.