The fugitive Dougherty siblings, on the lam for a week, have an arsenal of high-powered weapons and 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 (Fla.)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 Monday released dash-cam video of the high-speed chase that launched the nationwide manhunt to find the siblings, 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, Fla., 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.
"They stop several times into what I believe was an ambush. They wanted that officer to come very close to them. They were using high-caliber rifle rounds and as you can hear in that video, they were popping many of them off," Nocco said.
Luckily, the officer was uninjured. The chase came to an end when one of the 20 shots fired gave the officer's car a flat tire.
A few hours later, the siblings allegedly robbed a bank in Valdosta, Ga. A masked woman who appears to be Lee Grace Dougherty is seen allegedly holding an Uzi 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, Tenn. A digital billboard campaign is also being used by law enforcement.
"They have no fear of shooting anybody and so that is the one thing we want to make sure the public understands, that these are three violent individuals," Nocco said.
Anyone who sees them or knows their whereabouts is asked to call the FBI at (404) 679-9000 or the Valdosta Police Department at (229) 293-3145. To remain anonymous, call (229) 293-3091.
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