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Thursday
Aug112011

Police: 'Dougherty Gang' Sister Tried to Shoot Cop Before She Was Shot

Colorado State Patrol(PUEBLO, Colo.) -- The manhunt for the "Dougherty Gang" ended Wednesday when the oldest of the siblings, sister Lee Grace Dougherty, was chased through a field until she turned on a pursuing officer with an automatic pistol and allegedly tried to shoot him.

Police say before she could fire, the officer shot her in the leg, ending the brief notoriety of Dougherty and her two brothers.

Lee Dougherty, a 29-year-old stripper, and her two heavily armed brothers, Ryan, 21, and half-brother Dylan Dougherty Stanley, 26, became the focus of a manhunt that stretched from Florida to Colorado over the past week.

During that time, they allegedly fired at a Florida cop and robbed a Georgia bank.  They also cleaned out their home arsenal of automatic weapons and sent a text message to their mother with the ominous message, "There's a time for all of us to die."

The trio vanished from sight until they were spotted Tuesday buying camping equipment in Colorado.  With police on alert, their vehicle was located Wednesday morning in a campground, but the car was gone by the time police arrived.  Cops stumbled across the vehicle at a gas station, prompting a 20-mile car chase along I-25 with speeds that topped 100 mph and one of the Doughertys leaning out of the car to shoot at the police.

The siblings lost control of the car near a construction site.  The car rolled and the Doughertys tried to scatter, police said.

Lee Dougherty "left the car and took off running" through a field, Pueblo County Sheriff Kirk Taylor said at a news conference Wednesday.  When confronted by an officer who was chasing her, she "turned to chamber a round," Taylor said, but was shot in the leg by the cop before she could fire.

One of the brothers was captured immediately, but the other ran across the highway and towards an area of restaurants and shops where he was found by police.

Police found some powerful weapons in the car including two machine pistols, two AK-47 assault rifles and a handgun.

Police say Lee Dougherty's injury was not serious.  No officers were injured.

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Wednesday
Aug102011

Fugitive Siblings Captured after High-Speed Chase

FBI(PUEBLO, Colo.) -- All three members of the Dougherty Gang have been captured south of Pueblo, Colo., following a high speed chase that topped 100 mph and was punctuated by gunshots, according to police and the FBI.

The short-lived cross-country manhunt came to an abrupt end Wednesday when their car crashed while being pursued by police.

The allegedly heavily-armed gang consists of stripper Lee Grace E. Dougherty, 29, and her two brother, Ryan, 21, and half-brother Dylan Dougherty Stanley, 26. They had been on the run for more than a week after allegedly firing at Florida police officer who tried to make a traffic stop, and then later reportedly robbing a Georgia bank.

Pueblo County Sheriff Kirk Taylor told ABC's Tampa affiliate WFTS that speeds exceeded 100 mph during the 20 mile chase. He said that shots were fired during the pursuit.

Two of the siblings were immediately captured after the crash. The third attempted to flee on foot, but was quickly apprehended not far from the crash site, according to WFTS.

Police say one suspect was injured, but have not released which Dougherty it was or their present condition.

"We enlisted the help of State Patrol. We had a short, high-speed chase," Taylor told ABC's radio affiliate KHOW. "The car subsequently crashed."

The trio had disappeared until they were spotted Tuesday afternoon in Colorado buying camping supplies, authorities said. They were seen at an REI sporting goods store in Colorado Springs, cops say.

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Wednesday
Aug102011

Dougherty Siblings' Colorado Spotting 'Appears to Be the Real Deal'

FBIBREAKING NEWS UPDATE: The three sibling fugitives were captured south of Pueblo, Colo., following a high speed chase, the FBI said Wednesday. 

(COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo.) -- The Dougherty Gang, a stripper-turned alleged bank robber and her two heavily armed brothers on the run for more than a week, have been spotted in Colorado buying camping supplies, authorities said.

Lee Grace E. Dougherty, 29, her brother Ryan, 21, and half-brother Dylan Dougherty Stanley, 26, were seen at an REI sporting goods store in Colorado Springs.  Employees there are certain the trio bought a tent on Tuesday afternoon.

The siblings have been on the lam since Aug. 2 when they allegedly shot at a Zephyrhills, Florida police officer and then allegedly robbed a bank in Georgia.

"This appears to be the real deal," FBI spokesman Dave Joly said on Tuesday. False sightings of the group have been reported in Tennessee.

Employees at the sporting goods store said the accused thieves did pay for the tent.

"While their direction of travel is unknown, the investigation suggests they may attempt to avoid detection by camping or staying in rural areas," Joly said.

The three individuals were last seen driving a white 4-door Subaru Impreza with Texas license plates LCS 909, which have been reported stolen out of Texas, Colorado Springs police said.

Police say the siblings are heavily armed and worry they'd rather die than be captured.  Those who know the trio share that fear.

"I don't think I'm ever going to see her again, " said Brendon Bookman, the fiance of Lee Grace Dougherty, who had been working part-time as a stripper.

"I've always been able to get her out of tight spots in the past, but I can't do anything about this.  There's no way I can help her now," Bookman said.

The baby brother of the siblings, Ryan Dougherty, is awaiting the birth of a son with his girlfriend.  Investigators think the impending birth might have sent him and his siblings over the edge.  Ryan Dougherty was forced to register as a sex offender after sending explicit text messages to an 11-year-old girl; he feared that his sex offender status would prevent him from seeing his as-yet-unborn child.

Ryan Dougherty's girlfriend recently updated her Facebook profile picture to include a picture of her with her now fugitive lover.

Over the weekend she wrote, "I know y u did what did but buddy ur supposed to be there when I deliver."

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Tuesday
Aug092011

Fugitive Dougherty Siblings Allegedly Have Deadly 'Arsenal'

FBI Atlanta Field Office(TAMPA, Fla.) -- The fugitive Dougherty siblings, on the lam for a week, have an arsenal of high-powered weapons, and a newly released video shows that the siblings know how to use them, police said.

Ryan Dougherty, 21, sister Lee Grace E. Dougherty, 29, and half-brother Dylan Dougherty Stanley, 26, have been on the run since Aug. 2 when they allegedly shot at a Florida police officer attempting to pull over their white Subaru Impreza for speeding. A few hours later, they allegedly robbed a bank in Georgia.

"We know that Ryan several years ago purchased an AK-47 at a pawn shop," Pasco County (Florida) Sheriff Chris Nocco said.  "We know his brother, Dylan, also purchased several high-caliber rifles and handguns...We were also informed by family members that they do have a large arsenal and when we searched the house, there were no weapons or any ammunition left so we know they took them with them."

Nocco said the siblings could be anywhere.

"We want to reiterate to the Dougherty family, we want you to turn yourselves in, we want a peaceful resolution, but at the same time we understand if they want to battle with us, we have the resources and we will win," Nocco said.

The Pasco County Sheriff's Office on Monday released dash-cam video of the high-speed chase that launched the nationwide manhunt to find the siblings, now dubbed the Dougherty Gang.

The chase started the same day that Ryan Dougherty had allegedly cut off his court-ordered ankle monitoring device.  He'd been forced to register as a sex offender for sending explicit text messages to an 11-year-old girl.

The video shows the Doughertys' white Subaru zooming by the Zephyrhills, Florida police car.  The police officer can be heard saying, "Speeds over 100 mph at this time."

The siblings allegedly take aim at the car.  The officer says, "Fired several shots at me."

Nocco said the Doughertys weren't just trying to disable the police car, they were trying to kill the officer.

Luckily, the officer was uninjured.  The chase came to an end when one of the 20 shots fired at the officer punctured his patrol car's tire.

A few hours later, the siblings allegedly robbed a bank in Valdosta, Georgia.  A masked woman who appears to be Lee Grace Dougherty is seen allegedly holding an Uzi submachine gun.

"She had her finger on the trigger.  We know they are trained in these weapons, they're not afraid to use them and they are extremely dangerous," Nocco said.

A week into the manhunt for the violent criminals, spottings have been reported throughout the southeast, including one in Chattanooga, Tennessee.  A digital billboard campaign is also being used by law enforcement.

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