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Aug082011

Fugitive Siblings Still on the Run; Mom Urges Them to Surrender

FBI Atlanta Field Office(TAMPA, Fla.) -- The mother of three fugitive siblings who allegedly engaged in a shootout with a Florida police officer during a high-speed chase, then robbed a bank in Georgia, is urging her children to turn themselves in.

Barbara Bell of Palatka, Florida told ABC News affiliate WFTS-TV in Tampa that she's worried for their safety and with every passing moment feels that the chances of a peaceful ending are quickly fading.

"Only mom knows what good people you are inside" said Bell.  "Please prove me right and everybody wrong by doing the right thing now and turning yourselves in."

Officials say the trio appear to have communication with their mother, sending her a text saying: "There's a time for all of us to die."

Law enforcement experts said it seems unlikely the trio will follow their mother's wishes.

"It's going to be a violent ending unless you catch them by surprise," former FBI agent and ABC News contributor Brad Garrett said.

The hunt for the three siblings began Tuesday when an officer attempted to pull over the siblings for speeding along state road 54, in Zephryllis, just north of Tampa, police said.

Ryan Dougherty, 21, his sister Lee Grace E. Dougherty, 29, and half-brother Dylan Dougherty Stanley, 26, were allegedly driving as fast as 100 mph in a 2006 Subaru Impreza with New York State tags.

A high-speed chase ensued, during which the three allegedly sprayed the police car with at least 20 shots, finally escaping when a bullet hit a tire of the officer's car.

The officer was not injured but police said they found 20 "high caliber" shell casings along the route.

A few hours later that same day, about 200 miles North in Valdosta, Georgia, the Dougherty clan allegedly robbed a bank wearing masks and armed with AK-47s, firing shots at the ceiling.  They escaped with an undisclosed amount of money, police said.

All three of the siblings have troubled pasts, with 20 felonies among them.  Ryan Dougherty just registered as a sex offender last week, after being convicted of sending explicit texts to an 11-year-old girl.

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