Missing Valrico teen, Ashley Lyon, still in serious condition in Louisiana

Lafayette Police give update on teen, suspect

Registered sex offender Steven Myers, accused of stabbing 16-year-old Ashley Lyon before being caught in Lafayette, La., is out of the hospital and has been booked into jail.
 
Myers faces several charges, including attempted murder, for reportedly stabbing Lyon 10 times. She remains in serious condition at a Lafayette hospital. 
 
Meantime, Lafayette Police have released to our crew in Lafayette new details of the 40 mile-long high speed chase and violent conclusion early Thursday morning alongside I-10.
 
"When he did come out of the vehicle, he did have knife in hand and he was in an aggressive posture towards our officers," said Cpl. Paul Mouton with the Lafayette Police Department.
 
An officer also told our crew Myers, 41, got violent after he realized he couldn't run anymore, crawling on top of the truck, wielding a knife and telling police to shoot him.  Officers reportedly used stun guns on Myers several times and even sent a K-9 unit to get him under control.
 
Authorities used stop sticks that punctured five out of the six tires on the stolen truck Myers and Lyon were in.
 
Police say Lyon was still in the white, Chevy pickup.  By this time, they say, it was fully engulfed in flames.  It caught fire as Myers rode the rims of the truck as long as he could.
 
Myers now faces one count of  attempted first-degree murder as well as aggravated criminal damage to property. 
 
Lafayette Police say Myers hit a Louisiana State Police officer's car during the chase.  He reportedly hit at least three other cars while he tried to get away.
 
Cpl. Mouton says Myers remains in serious condition at a Lafayette Hospital and isn't expected to get out any time soon.
 
"When he does get out, he will be held with no bond, until he can be adjudicated here in Lafayette.  Then he will be sent back to Florida to answer his charges there," said Cpl. Mouton.
 
The high speed chase started after a truck stop worker in a small town about 40 miles outside Lafayette noticed Lyon and Myers and called police.  Myers barreled down the highway as soon as authorities tried to pull him over.
 
Ashley's parents are now both by her side at the Lafayette Hospital she is being treated at.  They have thanked the media and authorities for their help in locating their daughter, but have now asked for privacy as they await Ashley's recovery.
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