August 10th, 2011
01:10 PM ET

Sibling fugitives captured in Colorado

Three siblings wanted for an alleged armed bank robbery in Georgia and the attempted murder of a Florida police officer have been apprehended after a high-speed chase on a Colorado interstate Wednesday, authorities said.

Pueblo County Sheriff Kirk Taylor said the three were chased down by police on Interstate 25. The three were captured near Walsenberg, south of Pueblo, when their vehicle crashed. There were shots fired, Taylor said, but it isn't clear by whom. There was a report of a non-life-threatening injury but not to a law enforcement officer, Taylor said.

This comes after the Colorado Springs Police Department on Tuesday received a report that people were spotted in the area of Woodmen and I-25 who matched the description of the siblings.

Officials call them "the Dougherty family" and identified the suspects as Ryan Edward Dougherty, 21; sister Lee Grace Dougherty, 29; and half-brother Dylan Dougherty Stanley, 26.

On Tuesday, a U.S. magistrate issued warrants for the siblings' arrest in connection with a bank robbery in Valdosta, Georgia, where an AK-47 type assault rifle and an apparent machine pistol were used. They are also suspects in the attempted murder of a Zephyrhills, Florida, police officer  that took place the same day - but five hours earlier and 200 miles away.

The officer wasn't injured, though occupants in the getaway vehicle fired numerous rounds during a chase reaching up to 100 miles per hour, according to the Pasco County, Florida, sheriff's office. One round went into the police vehicle's tire, disabling the automobile, the sheriff's office said.

Since then, the siblings have been the subject of an interstate manhunt, with their faces plastered on hundreds of digital billboards from Florida to Kentucky to Texas.

According to a timeline of events that officials provided, Ryan Dougherty was sentenced Monday in Volusia County, Florida, to 10 years' probation and two years of community control monitoring for convictions on two counts of sending harmful information to a minor.

After the Monday sentencing, he sent his mother a text message: "There's a time for all of us to die," according to the sheriff's office.

On Tuesday, at 6:30 a.m., a witness saw all three siblings leave in a white four-door vehicle from their Lacoochee home. At 6:59 a.m., Ryan Dougherty cut off his GPS monitoring ankle bracelet near Zephyrhills, the sheriff's office said.

At 7:12 a.m. Tuesday, the shooting with the Florida police officer occurred, in which 20 high-caliber casings were found at the scene, the sheriff's office said. The five-mile pursuit began after the officer tried to pull the vehicle over for speeding on State Road 54 in Zephyrhills, located 30 miles northeast of Tampa, authorities said.

Then came the armed bank robbery at a CertusBank in Valdosta, Georgia, at 12:24 p.m. the same day, the FBI said. During that robbery, three individuals dressed in black with masks entered the bank's front entrance, the FBI said. Shots were fired at the ceiling, and everyone was told to get down, the bureau said. At least two of the robbers were armed, and the third obtained an undisclosed amount of cash, the FBI said.

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  1. banasy©


    August 10, 2011 at 8:10 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Cesar

    *Facepalm II* tm

    August 10, 2011 at 9:33 pm | Report abuse |
  3. ledzeppelinsux

    Some of you think that thing is 'hot'. This country is full of obesity and plastic surgery.

    August 11, 2011 at 1:35 am | Report abuse |
  4. paul

    Public execution sounds about right, w/out the appeal process. my only complaint the officer that got shot at didn't blast all of them like the punks they are

    August 11, 2011 at 5:34 am | Report abuse |
  5. paul

    not like they had a crazy criminal history they shot at a cop and robbed a bank they certainly shouldn't been labeled "the dougherty gang" should've been the "Doh!! gang" or "didn't get it done wanabe chump clan"

    August 11, 2011 at 5:40 am | Report abuse |
  6. Sameh

    Have stecriuy cameras been considered? For the cost of all the clean-ups, including damages from previous July 4ths, it would be a worthwhile investment for the district.I am not a big fan of cameras but it's probably time to get a bit tougher.

    February 11, 2012 at 10:41 am | Report abuse |
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