Dougherty Gang Captured After Crash and Bullets

By: Mary Smith
Published: Aug 10, 2021

Three fugitive siblings, known as the Dougherty gang, are accused in a crime spree that started in Florida and ended in Colorado. They have been arrested after firing gunshots at police during a chase that ended with a crash. One ran on foot and tried to escape while the others were trying to fire rounds of ammunition.

Ryan Dougherty, 21, Dylan Dougherty Stanley, 26 and their sister, Lee Grace Dougherty, 29, were taken into custody on Interstate 25 near Colorado City, roughly 50 miles north of the New Mexico state line. The Colorado State Patrol says it received a tip at 9:02 a.m. Wednesday from a citizen that the three fugitives were at a camp ground on Highway 165 near Colorado City.

However, the suspect vehicle had already left when deputies arrived. According to Pueblo County Sheriff Kirk Taylor, authorities began chasing the trio after a sheriff’s deputy spotted their white Subaru at a gas station that had a Subway restaurant in it in Colorado City. The Colorado State Patrol says it attempted a traffic stop on I-25 near Colorado City, but the Doughertys fled.

Troopers placed “stop sticks” on southbound I-25 at mile marker 52 north of Walsenburg, which is about 20 miles from where the chase started. The Dougherty’s vehicle crashed shortly afterward. Huerfano County Sheriff’s deputies and Walsenburg Police officers arrested Lee Dougherty and one of her brothers at the crash site. The other brother fled on foot and was arrested by Colorado State Patrol a short time later in Walsenburg. Taylor said no law enforcement officers were injured.

A nationwide manhunt for the Doughertys began last Tuesday when, according to authorities, they fired shots at a police officer who tried to pull them over in central Florida. Just hours later, they allegedly robbed a bank in Valdosta, Georgia with an assault rifle and “machine pistol,” Joly said. Ryan Dougherty was last 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.

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