Real Name: Terry Lee Conner and Joseph William Dougherty
Aliases: None Known
Wanted For: Armed Robbery, Abduction
Missing Since: 1986
Details: Terry Lee Conner and Joseph Dougherty are career criminals with lengthy police records of robberies, starting in 1985. While being transported to a courtroom in Oklahoma, Conner and Dougherty freed themselves from their handcuffs and ankle restraints using a key one of them snuck into the car. From there, they overpowered the agents and eventually handcuffed them to a tree. The two fled to Vancouver, Washington. While there, they kidnapped bank president Ray Deering and his family with the intention of robbing his bank in the summer of 1986. They were both placed on the FBI's Ten Most Wanted list.
Extra Notes: This case first aired on Special #1 hosted by Raymond Burr on January 20, 1987. The FBI Files profiled Conner and Dougherty. The 2001 movie Bandits was loosely based on Conner and Dougherty's bank heists.
Results: Captured. The men were found and arrested a few weeks before the show aired. Terry Lee Conner was arrested at a motel on December 9, 1986 in Arlington Heights, Illinois. He is serving a life sentence. Joseph Dougherty was arrested at a laundromat on December 19, 1986 in Antioch, California. Agents were monitoring the laundromat looking for Dougherty and once located he was arrested at shotgun point in the parking lot as he approached his vehicle. Dougherty was returned to prison and he will not be eligible for parole until 2019.
- FBI Ten Most Wanted Fugitives, 1980s
- Chicago Tribune Archive
- Los Angeles Times archive on Conner's arrest
- Pair Given 124-Year Sentences for Robbery