The FBI is zealously pursuing three members of the Florida-based Dougherty family after the trio joined forces for a crime spree. It all started on Monday when a judge ordered brother Ryan Dougherty to wear a monitoring bracelet for two years and check in with a parole officer for ten after he was convicted of sending harmful information to a minor. What exactly that means is a mystery to me, but it requires he register as a sex offender in the state of Florida. Irate with the ruling, he sent his mother a text message shortly after the court appearance saying, “There's a time for all of us to die.”

The following morning, Ryan, his sister Lee Grace and his half-brother Dylan Dougherty Stanley all piled into a stolen white 2006 Suburu Imprezza and hit the road around 6:30 AM. With an hour, the ankle bracelet had been cut off and the group was speeding down the highway at over one hundred miles an hour firing shots at a police officer who attempted to pull the siblings over for speeding. One of those bullets struck the cop's tire, forcing the vehicle off the road. A little after noon, the fugitives entered a bank in Valdosta, Georgia, brandished assault weapons and made off with a substantial chunk of money. None have been seen since.

In response, the FBI has begun putting up billboards in several eastern states with pictures of the accused bank robbers. Anyone with any information on the whereabouts of the suspects is encouraged to call the police. According to CNN, an FBI spokesman released a statement today calling all three dangers to both law enforcement and the general public.

This doesn't seem like it's going to end well. All three had criminal records prior to this week's events, but I'm not sure anyone knew it would come to this. How and why it did will likely come out later, but in the mean time, it's a cat and mouse game with three twenty-somethings, bound by blood and felonies.



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