Image: Fugitive Dougherty siblings
Pueblo County Sheriff's Office via AP
From left, Ryan Edward Dougherty, 21, Dylan Dougherty Stanley, 26, and Lee Grace Dougherty, 29 following their arrest in Colorado.
updated 8/22/2011 8:05:21 PM ET 2011-08-23T00:05:21

State prosecutors filed attempted murder charges Monday against three siblings accused in a cross-country crime spree that began in Florida and ended with gunplay and a police chase in southern Colorado.

Story: ‘Dougherty Gang’ siblings jailed in Colorado

Authorities say Lee Grace Dougherty, 29, and her younger brothers Dylan Stanley-Dougherty, 26, and Ryan Edward Dougherty, 21, robbed a bank in Georgia and shot at police officers in Florida and Colorado. They're also suspects in two car thefts in Utah.

Federal authorities did not return a call Monday requesting comment on whether they were also pursuing charges.

The cross-country manhunt for the Doughertys ended in Huerfano, Colo., on Aug. 10 after a chase on Interstate 25 that began when the trio was spotted near Colorado City, Colo., about 140 miles south of Denver.

The Doughertys are accused of firing an AK-47 at pursuing officers before running over spike strips, blowing a tire, rolling the vehicle and crashing into a guardrail. No officers were hit by the automatic weapon fire. Lee Grace Dougherty was shot in the leg after getting out of the crashed vehicle and aiming a gun at an officer, authorities said.

Image: Police officer at crime scene
Colorado State Patrol via AP
Authorities investigate the scene where three fugitive siblings wanted in a crime spree in Florida and Georgia were captured Aug. 10.

"I deserved to get shot," she later told authorities, according to an arrest affidavit.

Story: Cops: Sister in manhunt said she 'deserved to get shot'

Colorado state prosecutors filed the charges just ahead of a court hearing for the Doughertys.

Each faces five counts of attempted second-degree murder and five counts of first-degree assault, with each of those charges carrying a separate sentence enhancing charge of a being crime of violence. Each sibling also is charged with vehicle theft, theft by receiving and displaying fictitious or altered license plates.

They haven't entered pleas.

All three appeared in court Monday but said little beyond "yes" or "no" in answer to the judge's questions. Each wore jail clothing and was shackled at the ankles with hands cuffed to a chain or belt around the waist.

Their attorneys left Monday's hearing through a door at the back of the courtroom and were not available for questions.

Prosecutors accused Ryan Dougherty of being the driver during an Aug. 10 chase in Colorado and charged him with vehicular eluding. Lee Grace Dougherty is charged with three additional first-degree assault counts, each with an accompanying charge of being a crime of violence.

Each defendant is being held on a bond of $1.25 million.

Prosecutors have declined to discuss evidence involving any of the Colorado charges, citing a limited gag order issued by a judge at the request of lawyers for two of the siblings.

At a court appearance in Pueblo, Colo., last week, Dylan Stanley-Dougherty had his right forearm in a cast.

Mike Emmons, an attorney for Ryan Dougherty, said his client had a large lump on his head and possibly a concussion. It was unclear when the injuries might have occurred.

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Video: Manhunt: How police captured ‘dangerous’ siblings

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    >>> the three siblings that spent more than a week on the run from the fbi are behind bars this morning. they're arrested following a dangerous high-speed chase in colorado . miguel, good morning?

    >>> ann, good morning to you. all of the siblings are being held here at the pueblo county jail. they face four counts of assault on a peace officer . the first will be a long laundry list of charges. a caravan and a jail for a family of fugitives who spent eight days on the lam. the end of the road for the dougherty gang after a high-speed chase here along southern colorado 's i-25.

    >> proceeded at a high-rate of speed. obviously you have individuals who have been identified as very dangerous.

    >> reporter: with officers tailing lee grace dougherty and brothers dylan and ryan, police say the sibling suspects opened fire on patrol cars with an ak-47. officers ahead used so-called spike strips to flatten the trio's tires, sending the white sedan crashing into a rail.

    >> we heard the gunshots and sirens and we come running out and we see the cops ha s have their guns drawn.

    >> police say leigh grace drew a handgun and officers shot her in the leg. one of the brothers was tackled by police. the other captured on foot a short distance away by nearby workers.

    >> i told him, hey, there's nowhere to go. just give up now. he proceeded to ignore us. that's when we decided to take him down.

    >> for the 20 something siblings with a long criminal history, it's the second high- speed gun -blazing chase in eight days.

    >> the crime spree occurred when the officers tried to pull the trio over for speeding. police say just five hours later, the dougherty gang robbed a bank in georgia using an ak-47 and a machine gun .

    >> arsenal weapon. weren't afraid to use them.

    >> with their faces plastered on billboards from florida to texas, the outlaws made it all the way to colorado . tuesday, police say they bought camping gear at this store, then tried to buy ammunition at walmart, following tips the police tailed the dougherties on the the interstate, the bullet pursuit over a mile later.

    >> this went as it was supposed to.

    >> reporter: three of the most wanted now captured. a fugitive family's cross-country mayhem is over. the dougherty gang will face serious charges in three states but because they're arrested here in colorado , the legal process will begin here. they could be in court as early as today. ann?

    >> miguel almaguiere, thanks very much. cook taylor is the sheriff of pueblo county , colorado . good morning to both of you.

    >> good morning.

    >> sheriff taylor , let me ask you, it's not every day that armed and dangerous fugitives are in your jurisdiction. what can you tell us about the citizen's tip and how you responded?

    >> the whole investigation was the combination and collaboration between all of the law enforcement agencies here in pueblo. the citizens giving us a tip that our initial contact with the individuals down in southern colorado and the state patrol is incredible chase and stoppage of the vehicle is all put together by collaborating together with each other.

    >> on that point, how was it that you were able to take these three in without having any officers hurt and being able to take them down alive when one went down fighting and profilers predicted a shootout, sheriff?

    >> well, when you have -- quite frankly, the state patrol that's in their professionalism and how they do business, they were chasing the vehicle. they deployed the stop spikes. our deputies were behind them. we got help from another jurisdiction. just everybody working together and the training and everything else that came together that day.

    >> okay, can you describe quickly the guns and ammunition that you found on them. also their common?

    >> i can't tell you much about the demeanor, i can tell you there were two ak-47s or skss after the car was crashed according to the state troopers and my staff that were on scene as well. the young lay i cunoung lady had a mack- 11 sub gun when she exited the vehicle and subsequently that was taken to the custody. we're doing an inventory right now for the state patrol . we have the vehicle here for the sheriff's office. they'll do that inventory. there were indications of additional weapons in the vehicle. we don't have a complete inveb toir yet.

    >> it does seem to be a good example, good cooperation between local authorities and the fbi . you actually had billboards up with the faces of these fugitives on -- on them. what can you tell us about what worked here?

    >> again, a terrific collaboration of local, state, and federal agencies sharing rapidly using our tools and advanced technology . it started on the east coast with both florida and atlanta field office engaging really the media to start that man hunt. and working with the state figs centers relaying to all of the law enforcement agencies around the country the armed and dangerous nature of the subjects, the dougherty family, and, more importantly, things to be cautious of as you approach them. so it was a terrific collaboration. that information was relayed here and then the good citizens of colorado started calling in tips which again helped the fbi , local and state agencies focus their efforts. and then at that point, the colorado information and analysis center tore kayak fusion center here in colorado passed pertinent intelligence to all of the local, state, and federal agencies for us to move in.

    >> well, sheriff kurt taylor , congratulations to you and all of the officers involve in this effort. thank you so much.

    >> thank you.


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