John and Charles Ruggles thought they could make some easy money by robbing a stagecoach. On May 10, 1892, the brothers robbed the Weaverville, California stage, but, the take turned out to be pocket change. They next tried robbing a stage on May 12 and everything went well until Charles was hit by buckshot fired by a guard riding inside the coach. Charles was taken into custody at the scene and John was captured later in Woodland, California. While held in jail, a group of masked men released the brothers and then hung them together from a derrick.