Homeowner who apprehended escaped GA inmates: 'I'm not a hero' - WSMV Channel 4

Homeowner who apprehended escaped GA inmates: 'I'm not a hero'

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Patrick Hale, right, with his wife, speaks at a press conference on Friday. (WSMV) Patrick Hale, right, with his wife, speaks at a press conference on Friday. (WSMV)
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A father hailed a hero for helping police capture two escaped Georgia inmates says he doesn't deserve the title.

Initial reports from law enforcement said Patrick Hale held the escapees at gunpoint in his Christiana home until officers arrived to arrest them.

But at a press conference Friday afternoon, Hale set the record straight, saying that's simply not what happened. His only goal was to protect his young daughter who was home with him at the time of the incident.

“Hearing you are a hero because you simply called 911 is something,” Hale says. “Even though we had guns we didn’t have to use them and that’s a God thing.”

He says he was warned by neighbors the inmates were in the area so he gathered his guns and loaded them.

“I loaded every weapon I could in my house to be prepared in the event they need to be used,” Hale told reporters at the Rutherford Co. Sheriff's Office.

When he saw the two running toward his home, Hale says he immediately grabbed his daughter and got into their car.

“We could either go to the panic room and be trapped or try to leave,” Hale says.

While they were still in the driveway just before 7 p.m. on Thursday, Hale says he saw Donnie Rowe, 43, and Ricky DuBose, 24, going through a barbed wire fence near his home. The men ran toward them, waving their shirts in the air, and then laid on the ground, surrendering.

“For some reason, they started to surrender on my concrete driveway,” Hale says. “If that doesn’t make you believe in Jesus, I don’t know what will.”

He immediately called 911, and police were there within minutes to take the two in custody.

“I was really excited the police came as quick as they could,” Hale says.

Hale says they only got up off the ground for about 20 seconds when they went to a water faucet to get a drink, and then got back on the ground.

Hale says they may have surrendered because his car looks like a police cruiser.

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