By T.N., resident of the Sienna Heights apartments in Lancaster (identified by initials only at author’s request)
My name is [removed], and I am writing on behalf of my roommate, Alicesun, and her husband Anthony Lyons. We live in the Sienna Heights Apartments.
On Tuesday, August 20, 2013, a crime was committed somewhere on the east side of Lancaster, which turned into a high speed chase that ended in the Sienna Heights Apartments.
Approximately 20 minutes prior to the event, Alicesun, Anthony and the little boy they were babysitting were at the pool located in the apartment building next to the leasing office.
Anthony came back to the apartment to use the restroom. While [he was] in the restroom, Alicesun called him on the phone and was speaking with him when the high speed chase entered the apartment complex.
Alicesun witnessed one of the men exit the car and run, jumping the back wall of the apartment building and running away. She left the pool and came back to the apartment.
As I was outside, across the street, speaking to a gentlemen about what happened, I noticed Anthony in the back of a police car. I called Alicesun on the phone, and she came outside to find out what was going on.
She asked the police officer at the vehicle where Anthony was placed, and he explained that Anthony was being questioned at this time. Several people whom we spoke to were explaining to us what happened. We brought several of them to speak to the officer [to explain] that Anthony was not involved in this event at all.
The officer informed Alicesun that her husband was being taken to jail because someone pointed him out [and said] he had the gun used for the crime. The person who ID’d Anthony was the women who was stopped and taken into custody for trying to flee Sienna Heights with one of the fugitives in her vehicle!
At around 1 a.m., we spoke with the jailer who informed us that Anthony’s official charge is carjacking!
Anthony is a 22-year-old Black male who, yes, at the age of 18 was arrested for armed robbery. Since serving his time, he has turned his life [over]to GOD. He attends church, is involved in church activities, and just married on June 4, 2013. He has a child due in December of this year.
Anthony does not know the people who were involved [in the carjacking and chase]. He just moved to Sienna Heights on Friday, August 16!
An innocent young man may lose everything. He may never see his first son be born or take his first steps because he is a Black male in the Antelope Valley who happened to be standing in the wrong place.
We are begging for help with this! His 18-year-old wife is five and a half months pregnant and doesn’t know what to do but to reach out and plead for help to prove her husband’s innocence!
There were people watching out for the men involved in this crime, hiding them in their apartments. These are the people who know that Anthony was not involved. His finger prints will not be on the car or the gun, yet he is sitting in jail on $100,000 bail on carjacking charges that hold a nine-year sentence!
When the officer spoke to Anthony in the police cruiser, he kept telling Anthony, “You should of ran faster, maybe you would of got away.”
Anthony kept explaining, “I didn’t run anywhere, I live right there where I was standing. I am cooperating with you because I have nothing to hide, sir, I was not involved.”
I pray that you will help, please!
Editor’s note: Anthony Lyons was one of seven suspects arrested after a police pursuit, in connection to a carjacking, ended in the Sienna Heights apartments on Tuesday, Aug. 20. (Read more here.) Lyons was arrested around 8 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 20 on suspicion of carjacking. He was scheduled to be arraigned on Thursday, Aug. 22. However, charges were not filed against Lyons, and he was released at 4:52 p.m. Less than two hours later (at 6:20 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 22) Lyons was re-arrested on suspicion of carjacking. As of Friday, Aug. 23, Lyons was still in custody on $100,000 bail, but no charges were yet filed against Lyons in connection to the case, according to the Los Angeles District Attorney’s Office. Further information on the case was not immediately available late Friday afternoon. We will continue to follow this story and will publish an update as soon as it becomes available.
View our previous related story here: 7 arrested after Lancaster carjacking, chase, and neighborhood lockdown
UPDATED 8/27/13: Anthony Lyons was charged Monday with possession of a firearm by a felon. He pleaded not guilty to the charge and his bail was reduced from $100,000 to $35,000. A preliminary hearing is set for Sept. 6, when a judge will decide whether there is enough evidence against Lyons to take the case to trial.
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