MONONGAHELA – A Monongahela man was captured Tuesday as a suspect in a cross-state crime spree that includes a murder in West Virginia, an attempted homicide in Washington County and making armed threats in Fayette County.
A state police Special Emergency Response Team, assisted by Monongahela police, took Brian Lyon II, 37, into custody at Budget Inn on Route 51 in Rostraver Township, Monongahela police said.
“He’s been busy for the past week,” Monongahela police Chief Kevin Harris said.
Lyon, of 220 Vine St., was wanted for the Sunday murder of Christopher W. Moses on Lanham Lane in Fairmont, Marion County, W.Va. court records show.
He also was wanted in the Sept. 23 stabbing of Melvin Gray at a residence on Dolly Lane near Finleyville.
Harris said a motive hadn’t been determined in the Union Township stabbing. He said Gray is a relative of Lyon’s girlfriend, Amber Gray, who also was arrested early Tuesday with Lyon at the motel in Rostraver.
State police charged Gray, 36, of 472 Seventh St., Donora, with hindering the apprehension of Lyon.
Investigators had put the motel under surveillance and noticed her about 6:10 p.m. Monday walking across Route 51 from a convenience store to the motel where she met up with Lyon in its parking lot. She had earlier talked on the phone with a Monongahela police officer and allegedly admitted she knew Lyon was wanted as a suspect in the homicide and attempted homicides, court records show. She was then seen walking into a motel room with Lyon.
She was arraigned Tuesday before District Judge Charles Christner, who sent her to Westmoreland County jail on $5,000 bond.
Lyon fled the Dolly Lane residence after he allegedly stabbed Gray in his neck, back and chest.
Harris said the stabbing didn’t appear to be related to the West Virginia homicide.
The sheriff’s office in Marion has said Lyon stole a pickup truck from Moses after also shooting Dawn Smith in Marion County. Smith survived the attack.
Monongahela police said that truck later was set afire by Lyon behind the Avalon Motor Inn along Interstate 70 in Somerset, Washington County. He then stole another vehicle from a nearby garage.
The man who owned the second vehicle, who didn’t wish to be identified, said his video surveillance clearly showed Lyon with another person at the time.
Lyon has not yet been arraigned on the charges against him in Fayette County.
According to the affidavit filed in that case, two women who know Lyon saw him about 3:30 p.m. as they were walking along a trail beside Lebanon Avenue in South Union Township. He was giving them a ride to the Pershing Court area when he took a wrong turn and became “very upset” before saying he was wanted by police. He allegedly ordered them out of the car and threatened them with a gun, saying he “was not playing.”
He faces charges in that case of prohibited possession of a firearm, making terroristic threats, and two counts each of simple assault and reckless endangerment.
Lyon was arraigned in the Union Township stabbing before District Judge Jesse Pettit, who ordered him to be held without bond in Washington County jail.
As Lyon left court he said to reporters, “I am innocent. I’ll have my day in court.”
It was not immediately known Tuesday afternoon if he had an attorney to represent him in the cases.
In the Union case, he was charged with attempted homicide, aggravated assault, possessing an instrument of a crime, flight to avoid apprehension and harassment.
He’s also being detained for a parole violation.
Lyon, who also used an address on Castner Avenue in Donora, has a lengthy criminal history in Washington County that includes drug possession, retail theft and receiving stolen property cases.
Writers Jon Andreassi and Alyssa Choiniere contributed to this report.