Dougherty Sibling Planned to Break Out of Jail and Free Sister


ABC News(WALSENBURG, Colo.) — One of the three members of the notorious Dougherty gang planned to escape from his prison cell through a plumbing pipe with a homemade weapon, according to Colorado police.

Dylan Stanley Dougherty is one of the three members of the Dougherty family behind bars after allegedly leading police on a crime spree through several states.

According to a probable cause arrest warrant affidavit, when officers searched Dylan Dougherty’s cell, they found a plumbing hatch “was tampered with and pried open.” Behind the hatch, the “insulation was torn out,” the affidavit said.

When police followed the pipe to the ceiling, they found “footprints … all the way over to the female cells” where Dylan Dougherty’s sister, Lee Grace Dougherty, was being held. Inside her cell, police found a handwritten note from her brother, telling her to pack her things because he planned to subdue the guards, take their keys and liberate his sister.

Two sealed envelopes were found in Dylan Dougherty’s cell, one addressed to the FBI, and the other to the Huerfano County Jail staff. The latter stated, “I have enjoyed staying here, so don’t take any of this personal,” according to the affidavit.

Police found an 8-inch-long homemade metal weapon with a sharpened point under Dougherty’s sleeping bunk, according to the affidavit.

But Colorado jailers say they discovered the Dougherty’s plans during a search earlier this in January, and he was transferred to Pueblo County Jail, where he is now being held.

ABC News consultant and former FBI Agent Brad Garrett said jails and prisons take precautions against such plots.

“They search cells regularly. They also have an informant system within the prison to feed them intelligence information about escapes among other things,” Garrett said.

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