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Valdosta bank robbers still at large

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VALDOSTA, GA (WALB) -

Investigators say they received a tip that three Florida siblings accused of firing shots at a Florida police car and then robbing the Certus Bank in Valdosta, Georgia may have traveled to Tennessee.

Valdosta Police Commander Brian Childress says he received several leads over the weekend, including separate calls saying the siblings' vehicle was spotted near Forsyth, Ga. and Chattanooga, Tenn.

Here is background information from the FBI -

Atlanta – Special Agent in Charge (SAC) Brian D. Lamkin, in conjunction with Police Chief Charles F. Simons, Valdosta Police Department, provides the following information concerning the August 2, 2011 armed robbery of the Certus Bank, located at 460 Norman Drive, Valdosta, Georgia:

On 08/04/2011, the United States Magistrate, Middle District of Georgia, Macon, Georgia, issued warrants for the arrest of Ryan Edward Dougherty, Stanley Dylan Dougherty and Grace Lee E. Dougherty for the crime of armed bank robbery, a violation of Title 18, Section 2113  (a) and (d).

These subjects should be considered armed and dangerous.

These individuals were last seen operating a white, 4 door,  2006 Subaru Impreza, bearing New York license tag "FBE 5900".

On August 2, 2011 at approximately 12:24 p.m., the Valdosta Police Department along with the Lowndes County Sheriff's Office and the Remerton Police Department, responded to an armed robbery at Certus Bank, 460 Norman Drive. Officers arrived on scene and were advised that three individuals, dressed in black with masks, entered the bank through the front entrance. The suspects are believed to be 2 white males and 1 white female.

As the robbers entered the bank, shots were fired towards the ceiling and everyone in the bank was instructed to get down. At least two of the robbers brandished weapons, one described as being an AK-47 type assault rifle and the other appearing to be a machine pistol, while other robber obtained an undisclosed amount of money. 

All three robbers then departed the bank and were observed departing in an older model white, 4 door sedan. Detectives from the Valdosta Police Department, Crime Scene Technicians from the Valdosta-Lowndes County Crime Laboratory, and the FBI responded to the scene to investigate.

It should be noted that these individuals are also suspects in the attempted murder of a Zephyrhills, Florida police officer earlier that same day.  On August 2, 2011, at 7:00 a.m., a patrol officer for that department was in pursuit of a four door white vehicle. 

The suspects in the vehicle began to shoot at the patrol officer and subsequently disabled the patrol vehicle.  Multiple calibers were used in that shooting.  The suspect vehicle was described as being a 2006 white Subaru Impreza, New York license plate FBE5900.

The subjects, all siblings, are described as follows:

Name: Ryan Edward Dougherty, w/m, age 21, 5'10" height, 180 lbs., brown hair, brown eyes.

Name: Dylan Dougherty Stanley, w/m, age 26, 6'1" height, 185 lbs., brown hair, blue eyes.

Name: Lee Grace E. Dougherty, w/f, age 29, 5'4" height, 120 lbs., brown hair, brown eyes.

Anyone having any further information regarding this matter should contact the FBI at tel. (404) 679-9000 or the Valdosta Police Department at 229-293-3145 or can remain anonymous by calling tel. 229-293-3091.