Police were dispatched to the gas station after a man got away with $40 from the register. When officers interviewed the station clerk, he told them that the robber sat in a red car in the station's lot for about 90 minutes before the robbery. Then he came inside the station and asked the clerk for a cigarette so that he could stay awake, then stepped outside the station, smoked the cigarette and went back to his car, the clerk told police. Then he came back inside the store, walked around for about five minutes until all the other customers had gone, then approached the clerk again, put his hand near his belt and said that unless the clerk turned over the money, he would shoot him.
The clerk told police he handed over $40 from the register, and the man took off. The victim described the man who robbed him as being black, about 40-50 years old, about 6 feet, 2 inches tall, weighing more than 200 pounds, with scruffy facial hair, a red t-shirt and pants. All he could tell them about the car was that it was red.
An officer who arrived at the station just moments after the robbery noted that as he pulled in, he saw a man walking away from a red car parked at the motel next door to the gas station. Police took a look, found a 1995 Pontiac Grand Prix, and discovered that its hood was still warm, and they saw it was missing both front hub cabs, the police noted. Reviewing a surveillance video, police saw that it matched the car that had been in the station's parking lot, down to the missing hub caps, according to their report.
A license plate counts as a solid lead, and police found Lyons, to whom the car was registered, was listed as 6 feet, 2 inches tall, 200 pounds and 46 years old. They went to his address, but he wasn't there. His wife was, and she was questioned by police. According to police reports, Lyons' wife said Lyons had never come home last night, that he had the red Pontiac the night before, and, yes, as a matter of fact, he had a cocaine problem, and that problem had been increasing recently.
On the way out of the subdivision where Lyons lived, one of the officers spotted a man crouching behind a truck at another home about 100 yards from the Lyons home. Officers reported that he appeared to be under the influence of a drug, but he did not resist when police took him into custody and handcuffed him.
That suspect, who turned out to be Lyons, police reported, had the same red shirt they had seen in the surveillance video. While the robber was wearing pants in the video, the man they arrested was wearing a blue bathing suit, police officers reported.