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Dougherty Gang
August 2, 2011 The Dougherty gang, comprised of 29-year-old Lee Grace Dougherty and her two younger brothers, Dylan, 26, and Ryan, 21, from East Palatka, Florida rob CertusBank in Valdosta, Georgia
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August 2, 2011 Zephyrhills, Florida, police officer Kevin Widner encounters gunfire on when he pursues a white Subaru speeding in a 35 mph zone. The group is later identified as the Dougherty family.
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August 10, 2011 REI employee spots the Dougherty gang in Colorado Springs. Police in Pueblo County, Colorado pursue the gang on I-25 and halt the car with "stop sticks"
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The highly publicized chase of the Dougherty gang that spanned seven states including Georgia ended on August 10, 2001 with the three gang members shackled and in wheelchairs. The infamous siblings were led by authorities to a waiting police vehicle hours after they were finally captured in a high-speed police chase and shoot-out on I-25 in Colorado. At the end of the chase a woman got out of the gang's high-powered Subaru Impreza and started shooting at police with a handgun. Officers returned fire, hitting her in the leg. Two men fled in a different directions and were arrested a short time later. One was apprehended with the help of construction workers who tackled and subdued him.

The eldest member of the gang, Lee Grace Dougherty, touted as a bank-robbing stripper, was shot in the leg during the dramatic final shoot-out while her two brothers Dylan and Ryan were injured in the 100mph crash following a 20-mile chase. The three were then taken to Spanish Peak's Medical Center to be treated before being transferred in the hospital outfits to jail. Police recovered two AK-47 assault rifles and a MAC-11 pistol at the crash site. At least one of the AK-47s were used in the rolling gun battle with police.

The trio had been on the run since storming a Valdosta, Georgia, bank on August 2 with guns blazing, shooting up the ceiling before making off with an unknown amount of cash. They were quickly identified as the same group who had, earlier that day, eluded a Florida police officer in a high-speed chase that ended when they shot out one of the officer's tires. Because of the bank robbery and crossing state lines the FBI was called in to coordinate the multi-state search for the Doughertys.

The gang was spotted in Colorado on Tuesday by an REI employee as they shopped near Colorado Springs. None of the Doughertys were strangers to trouble.

Lee-Grace worked as an exotic dancer at a Florida strip club before the crime spree began and is wanted for a probation violation. She was charged earlier this year for a hit-and-run crash and battery. Dylan, 26, had previously been charged with marijuana possession, while Ryan, 21, a registered sex offender, had multiple felonies including being convicted of sending sexually explicit messages to an 11-year-old-girl.

His mother said that he was 'unbearably discouraged by the terms of his probation' and said he feared the conviction would prohibit him from seeing his newborn son. Beneath a Florida home the trio shared earlier this year, investigators found an bunker that neighbors say may have been a den of illegal activity. The underground structure is made up of two 40-foot cargo containers buried next to each other, with a man-made hallway leading to them.The structure was outfitted with both electricity and running water.




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