Video: 3 siblings on run after alleged bank robbery

msnbc.com staff and news service reports
updated 8/5/2011 1:55:11 PM ET 2011-08-05T17:55:11

The mother of three siblings who authorities say shot up a police car in Florida and robbed a bank in Georgia urged them Friday to surrender.

Barbara Bell told The Associated Press that she loves her daughter and two sons and hopes they give up before someone gets hurt.

A federal magistrate in Macon, Georgia, issued arrest warrants for Ryan Edward Dougherty, 21, Stanley Dylan Dougherty, 26, and Grace Lee E. Dougherty, 29. Officials believe they are carrying an assault rifle and other weapons.

Three armed suspects entered a Valdosta, Georgia, bank on Tuesday, fired shots into the ceiling and demanded money, the FBI in Atlanta said in a news release.

Witnesses at the Certus Bank said that just after noon, two men and a woman wearing masks came in through the front entrance of the branch in south Georgia just over the Florida state line.

At least two of the robbers showed weapons, including one described as being an AK-47 type assault rifle and the other appearing to be a pistol, the FBI said. The other robber grabbed an undisclosed amount of money. The trio left the bank and in a white 2006 Subaru Impreza.

Earlier that morning, a police officer in Zephyrhills, outside of Tampa in central Florida, tried to pull the group over for speeding, the FBI said.

A patrol officer was chasing the car when one of the suspects began shooting at his police cruiser, disabling it. The officer was not injured and the vehicle got away, the FBI said.

'We all have to die'
Pasco Sheriff Chris Nocco said one of the suspects hadsent text messages to their mother that said "...we all have to die," myFox Tampa Bay reported.

The Pasco County Sheriff's Office also is investigating whether the siblings are connected to gun parts found at Tampa International Airport on Wednesday morning.

Public records list an Orlando, Florida, address for Grace Dougherty and a Zephyrhills, Florida, address for Ryan Dougherty. No listing was found for Stanley Dougherty.

Tampa Bay Online reported that Ryan Dougherty had been sentenced on Monday to 12 years of probation on charges of lewd and lascivious conduct involving a minor under the age of 16 and for sending harmful material to a minor.

He was supposed to wear an ankle monitor but had cut it off, authorities told Tampa Bay Online.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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