A major story out of Lafayette Parish that stretches across many state lines.
A dramatic 40 mile, high speed chase from Iberville Parish to Lafayette ended in the capture of 41-year-old Steven Myers, a convicted sex offender and fugitive and the rescue of 16-year-old Ashley Lyon who had been missing from her Florida home for nearly a week.
“Ashley and I made eye contact and I knew exactly who she was,” said Fawn Domingue, a cashier at the Tiger Truck Stop in Grosse Tete.
Domingue said when Lyon and Myers entered the store Wednesday evening, the two were only inside for less than two minutes when she recognized them from Nancy Grace’s website.
Domingue said she then immediately called the Iberville Parish Sheriff’s Office. “Call Iberville Sheriff’s Department and tell them we have a missing girl from Florida here. They need to get here and I went to get license plate numbers and it all went on from there,” said Domingue.
Within minutes, Deputies arrived and began following the suspect’s truck which turned into a high speed chase finally ending in Lafayette where Hub City police successfully laid down tire spikes that disabled five of the six tires located on Myer’s truck.
“As a result of the vehicle being deflated, one of the tires caught on fire. The vehicle came to a stop on I-10 at its intersection with North University Avenue,” said Mouton.
Paul Mouton with the Lafayette Police Department said Myers then jumped out of the vehicle with a knife in hand and approached law enforcement.
“They deployed a taser as well as one of the Lafayette Police Department’s K-9s disarming the suspect and taking him into custody,” said Mouton.
When Myers was taken into custody he was suffering from a K-9 bite and what police believe to be self-inflicted stab wounds. Police then proceeded to the vehicle where they found Lyon in bad condition.
“They removed the sixteen-year-old female. She appeared to be suffering from multiple stab wounds and she was immediately transferred to a local hospital.” said Mouton.
At last report Lyon was listed in serious, but stable condition at Women’s and Children’s Hospital. Myers is in a local hospital also in serious, but stable condition. Once Myers is released police say he will face multiple charges including attempted murder.