Patrick Hale: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know

Patrick Hale is being called a hero after he was somehow able to get two dangerous criminals who had escaped from prison to surrender to him in his driveway. Hale had just been told by a friend that the fugitives were somewhere near his home in Christiana, Tennessee, but he never thought that they’d end up being in his driveway — or that he’d be the one to turn them into police.

“I was ready to do whatever I could. It was just me and my daughter that day,” Hale told the media.

Donnie Rowe, 43, and Ricky Dubose, 24, are now both in police custody. They were taken to Rutherford County jail in Tennessee. According to the Daily Mail, both men “waived their right to challenge their extraditions to Georgia” at a court hearing on June 16.

The FBI had previously advertised a $130,000 reward for anyone who provided a tip that lead to an arrest of Rowe and Dubose, but it has not been made clear if Hale will be receiving that money.

Here is what you need to know:


1. Hale’s First Instinct Was to Protect His Daughter

Hale was at home when he found out that these two dangerous criminals were in his neighborhood. He looked out his back door and happened to notice two men coming toward his home, about 300 yards away. In that moment, Hale knew that he had to make a decision. Hale quickly ran through options in his head and his very first instinct was to protect his family — namely his young daughter, Taylor. He said that he thought about going into a “panic room” at his home and being “trapped” or going out to the car and driving away. He ultimately chose the latter.

Before he left the house, he loaded his guns.

“I loaded every weapon I could in my house to be prepared in the event that they needed to be used. I…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,” Hale told the media during a press conference.

Hale called 911.


2. Hale Believes the Fugitives Mistook His Car for a Police Cruiser

Hale went to his car with his daughter. As he backed out of his driveway, the fugitives took their shirts off and appeared to be surrendering. Hale believes that the two men thought that his car was a police car.

“I began to slowly back up as they came closer. At that point, I realized I had two ex-cons wanted for murder who just shot at law enforcement and nothing to lose. And for some reason, they started to surrender and lay down on their stomachs on my concrete driveway. If that doesn’t make you believe in Jesus Christ, I don’t know what will,” Hale told the media.


3. Although He Was Armed, Hale Never Took Out His Gun

There have been some reports online that claim that Hale was holding these two men in his driveway at gunpoint, but he made it clear that he didn’t have to take out his gun at all. For whatever reason, Dubose and Rowe just gave themselves up.

Not long after Hale called 911, about 45 officers showed up and were able to get handcuffs on Rowe and Dubose without issue.

Hale took photos of Rowe and Dubose, both of whom were laying face down in his driveway. The photos have been circulating online all day.

“‘True bravery is what’s caused us to stand before you tonight to talk about a successful capture instead of a tragic incident,” said Tennessee Bureau of Investigation Director, Mark Gwyn.


4. Rowe & Dubose Escaped From Prison After Killing Their Guards

Patrick Hale fugitives

Ricky Dubose (AP)

On Tuesday morning, Rowe and Dubose were on a prison bus headed to the Georgia Diagnostic and Classification Prison when they decided to escape. The two had previously been cellmates at the Baldwin State Prison in Milledgeville, Georgia.

Dubose and Rowe were able to overpower two guards, identified as Sgt. Christopher Monica and Sgt. Curtis Billue, and grab their guns. The guards were later found dead; they had both been shot.

Rowe and Dubose then carjacked someone on state highway 16, and sped away, according to police.

A few hours later, Rowe and Dubose invaded a home in Madison, stealing clothes. That night, the two men stole a white pickup near Madison. The next day, Dubose and Rowe held an elderly couple hostage inside their home in Shelbyville, Tennesee.

“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,” the Daily Mail reports.

After about three hours had passed, Dubose and Rowe stole a Jeep belonging to the elderly couple. Police quickly caught up to them and a high-speed chase took place.

The suspects fired shots, hitting several police cars, but no officers were injured, according to Rutherford County Sheriff Michael Fitzhugh. Shortly after, the Jeep ended up crashing and the two men fled on foot, abandoning their weapons, and running right into Hale’s neighborhood around 7:00 p.m.

Rowe had been serving a life sentence (without parole) since 2002. Dubose had been in prison since 2015 after being sentenced to 20 years behind bars for armed robbery and other felonies.


5. Rowe & Dubose Both Face New Charges

Patrick Hale fugitives

Donnie Rowe’s mugshot photo. (AP)

Although both men had already been doing time, they will both be heading to trial after their prison escape. They will also be facing charges related to the murders of the two corrections officers, according to Georgia Department of Corrections Commissioner, Greg Dozier.

“They will be brought to justice swiftly for their heinous crime against our officers,” Dozier said in a statement.

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JOHN MAYOR..

I put random things in my butthole just to see what fits!… And who knows? Maybe one day I’ll get lucky and fellate a horse!… Repent all over my face!…
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You will be held to account!… as will Donald Trump!
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THE NATURE OF TRUE EVIL
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Christians… Pastors, and Christian “people helpers”!… often have a hard time discerning between an EVIL HEART, and an “ordinary sinner” who messes up (i.e., who isn’t perfect, and full of weaknesses, and sin!)!
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One of the reasons, I believe, that many struggling Christians don’t “see” EVIL, is because such find it so difficult to believe that EVIL INDIVIDUALS actually exist! These can’t imagine someone deceiving us with no conscience!… hurting others with no remorse, spinning outrageous fabrications to ruin someone’s reputation, or pretending s/ he is spiritually committed!… but yet, has no fear of God before her/ his eyes!
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The Bible clearly tells us that among God’s people, there are WOLVES that wear sheep’s clothing (see, Jeremiah 23:14; Titus 1:10; Revelations 2:2)! It’s true that every human heart is inclined toward sin (see, Romans 3:23)!… and, that includes EVIL (Genesis 8:21; James 1:4)! All Christians miss God’s mark of moral perfection! However, “ordinary Christian sinners” do not happily indulge EVIL URGES, nor do such feel good about having them! Christians, feel ashamed, and guilty!… and rightly so (see, Romans 7:19–21)! But these goodly inclinations are not true of the EVIL HEART!
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Below are five indicators that you may be dealing with an EVIL HEART, rather than an “ordinary sinful heart”!… and, the which, requires a radically different treatment/ approach!
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1. Evil hearts are experts at creating confusion, and contention!
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They twist the FACTS, mislead, lie, avoid taking responsibility, deny reality, make up stories, and withhold information (see, Psalms 5:8; 10:7; 58:3; 109:2–5; 140:2; Proverbs 6:13,14; 6:18,19; 12:13; 16:20; 16:27, 28; 30:14; Job 15:35; Jeremiah 18:18; Nehemiah 6:8; Micah 2:1; Matthew 12:34,35; Acts 6:11–13; 2 Peter 3:16)!
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2. EVIL HEARTS are experts at fooling others with their “smooth speech”!… and often, with their “WOULD-BE SMOOTH SPEECH”!… and flattering words!
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But if you look at the “fruit” of their lives, or their follow through with their words, you will find no real evidence of GODLY GROWTH, OR CHANGE! It’s all smoke and mirrors (see, Psalms 50:19; 52:2,3; 57:4; 59:7; 101:7; Proverbs 12:5; 26:23–26; 26:28; Job 20:12; Jeremiah 12:6; Matthew 26:59; Acts 6:11–13; Romans 16:17,18; 2 Corinthians 11:13,14; 2 Timothy 3:2–5; 3:13; Titus 1:10,16)!
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3. EVIL HEARTS crave and demand control!… and their highest authority, is THEIR OWN SELF-REFERENCE, AND SELF-RIGHTEOUSNESS!
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They reject feedback, real accountability, and make up their own rules to live by! They use Scripture to their own advantage… e.g., as Conservative Christians believers have done– AND DO!– re their defence of Military Actions against deemed ENEMIES!… and in support of NRA positions!… but, who will ignore and reject passages that might require self-correction, and repentance (see, Romans 2:8; Psalms 10; 36:1–4; 50:16–22; 54:5,6; 73:6–9; Proverbs 21:24; Jude 1:8–16)!
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4. EVIL HEARTS play on the sympathies of good-willed people!… often “trumping” the GRACE CARD!
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They demand mercy, but give none themselves! They demand warmth, forgiveness, and intimacy from those they have harmed!… but, with no empathy with the victims these have created!… and no real intention of making amends, or working hard to rebuild broken trust (see, Proverbs 21:10; 1 Peter 2:16; Jude 1:4)!
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5. EVIL HEARTS have no conscience!… no remorse!
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They do not struggle against sin, or EVIL!… in fact, THEY DELIGHT IN IT– and all the while, masquerading as someone of NOBLE CHARACTER (see, Proverbs 2:14–15; 10:23; 12:10; 21:27,29; Isaiah 32:6; Romans 1:30; 2 Corinthians 11:13–15)!
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If you are in the midst with someone who exhibits these characteristics, it’s important that you confront them– head on! You must NAME EVIL for what it is! The longer you try to reason with them, or show mercy towards them, the more you… and, as the Christian Counselor!… will become a pawn in her/ his game!
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They want you to believe, that:
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a) Their horrible actions should have no serious or painful consequences!
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When they say “I’m sorry”, they look to you… as the Pastor or Christian Counselor!… to be their ADVOCATE FOR AMNESTY with the person s/ he has harmed! They believe grace means they are immediately granted immunity from the “relational fallout” of their serious sin! They believe forgiveness ENTITLES THEM TO FULL RECONCILIATION!… and such will pressure you, and her/ his victim, to comply!
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The Bible warns us, saying:… “But when grace is shown to the wicked, they do not learn righteousness; even in a land of uprightness they go on doing evil, AND DO NOT REGARD THE MAJESTY OF THE LORD (see, Isaiah 26:10)!
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The Bible tells us that talking doesn’t wake up EVIL PEOPLE!… but, painful consequences might! Jesus didn’t wake up the Pharisee’s with his talk, nor did God’s Counsel impact Cain (see, Genesis 4)! In addition, the Bible shows us that when someone is truly sorry for the pain they have caused, he or she is eager to make amends to those they have harmed by their sin (see, Zacchaeus’ response when he repented of his greed in Luke 19)!
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Tim Keller writes:… “If you have been the victim of a heinous crime!… if you have suffered violence!… and the perpetrator (or even the judge!) says:… ‘Sorry!… can’t we just let it go?’… you would say:… ‘No!… that would be an injustice!’ Your refusal would rightly have nothing to do with bitterness, or vengeance! If you have been badly wronged, you know that saying sorry is never enough! Something else is required!… some kind of costly payment must be made to put things right!”
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As Biblical Counselors, let’s not COLLUDE WITH THE EVIL ONE by turning our attention to the victim!… requiring her to forgive, to forget, and to trust again!… and when there has been no evidence of inner change! Proverbs says:… “Trusting in a treacherous man in time of trouble, is like a bad tooth, or a foot that slips (see, Proverbs. 25:19)!” It’s foolishness!
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And!… the evil person will also try to get you to believe…
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b) That if I talk like a gospel-believing Christian, I am one!… even if my actions don’t line up with my talk!… and, even when there are INCONSISTENCIES AND CONTRADICTIONS WITHIN THE WORDS BEING USED!
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Remember!… Satan masquerades as an angel of light (see, 2 Corinthians 11:13–15)! He knows more true doctrine than you or I may ever know!… but, his heart is wicked, AND FOREVER REVEALS HIS TRUE INTENTIONS! Why? Because although he knows the truth, he does not accept it!… and live it!
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The Bible has some strong words for those whose actions do not match their talk (see, 1 John 3:17,18; Jeremiah 7:8,10; James 1:22, 26)! John the Baptist said it best, when he admonished the religious leaders… “Prove by the way you live that you have repented of your sins, and turned to God (see, Luke 3:8)!”
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If week after week you hear the talk, but there is no change in THE WALK, you have every reason to question someone’s “RELATIONSHIP” with God!
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Part of our maturity as Christian Leaders, is that we have been trained to discern between good and EVIL! And why is that so important?… it’s important because EVIL usually PRETENDS TO BE GOOD!… and without discernment, we can be easily fooled (see, Hebrews 5:14)!
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When you confront evil, chances are good that the EVIL HEART will stop Counseling with you, because the DARKNESS HATES THE LIGHT (John 3:20) and the FOOLISH and EVIL HEART reject correction (see, Proverbs 9:7,8)! But that outcome is far better than allowing the EVIL HEART to believe that you are on his or her side, or that “s/ he’s not that bad”, or “that s/ he’s really sorry”, or “that s/ he’s changing”!… when– in fact!– s/ he IS NOT!
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Daniel says:… “[T]he wicked will continue to be wicked (see, Daniel 12:10)!”… and which begs the question:… Do you think an EVIL PERSON can really change?
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Anonymous

Don’t return them to prison. Homeowner should have killed them on the spot. They’re cop killers.

JOHN MAYOR...

P-R-A-I-S-E T-H-E L-O-R-D J-E-S-U-S C-H-R-I-S-T! And who knows?… maybe these two will repent of their evil acts, and find God’s mercy! Hale, for one!… and obviously!… knows of the power of Jesus Christ!
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The Hale roots, go back to Lords of Loddon-Hales, Hale or “De Halys”, and traces back to Lord Roger De Halys circa 1130, whose descendant Lord Roger De Halys married Alice Scrogins circa 1275 whose daughter Alice Hale married Thomas, Prince of England (Son of Edward I of England), those who were the ancestors of William Hale who married Rose Bond of Kingswaldenbury, their grandson George Hale (A Drummer) came to America on the ship “Supply” in 1620 where he lived with the governor Sir Frances Wyatt of Virginia! It is said that the Hales were related to Saint Edmund… King of East Anglia!… in which the Hales get their Arrows pointing downward in their coat of arms (see, Wikipedia!)! And from Wiktionary,Etymology 1, Hale is from Old English hǣlu, hǣl, from a noun-derivative of Proto-Germanic *hailaz (“whole, healthy”)! INDEED!
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JOHN MAYOR...

Oh contraire!… you’re pathetic!… Identity thief! In fact, without someone to copy, you wouldn’t have a life at all! Because without the real John Mayor, you’d be all alone trying to figure out how to “win the day” on the Net! You’re Godless!… a liar!… a coward!… and without your own identity! In other words, YOU’RE A FAKE!… just like your FAKE PRESIDENT! And all you and he seem to know how to do, is cause innocent people to suffer! The JOKE!… friend of Trump!… is on both you, and him!
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JOHN MAYOR...

I think you should ask yourself that question? Oops!… I think you just did!
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