Brentwood man sentenced in Moon bank robbery

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A Brentwood man who robbed a Citizens Bank branch in Moon was sentenced Monday afternoon to seven years and three months in prison.

Christopher Lyons, 33, was hiding in his duplex shortly after the November 2011 robbery when a South Hills Critical Incident Response Team arrested him.

Bethel Park police Detective Giles Wright testified that Lyons "was brandishing a knife. It appeared he had self-inflicted wounds to his wrist and neck."

Detective Giles said Lyons asked police to shoot him. Police opted to use less-lethal rubber balls.

Lyons grabbed what police thought was a handgun, which turned out to be a realistic-looking Airsoft gun.

Police continued to negotiate, but refused Lyons' demand for safe passage out for his dog, Detective Giles said.

Police feared that once the dog was out of the way, Lyons would try to engage police in an effort to get himself killed, Detective Giles said.

Police left the house and used tear gas to compel Lyons to surrender, Detective Giles said.

This is Lyons' second federal bank robbery conviction.

U.S. Magistrate Judge Cathy Bissoon ruled that after release he will be on probation for three years, and he must pay Citizens Bank $520 in restitution.

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Rich Lord: rlord@post-gazette.com, 412-263-1542 and on Twitter: @richelord.


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