Ocean Man Wanted for Aggravated Arson and Attempted Murder

Apr 18, 2018
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Ocean County Prosecutor Joseph D. Coronato and Toms River Police Chief Mitch Little are asking the public to notify them if they know the whereabouts of  Kenneth Lyons, 36, of Ocean, N.J., wanted on the charges of aggravated arson and attempted murder. The charges stem from a fire he allegedly set to a Toms River home in early April.

On April 7 at approximately 1:30 a.m., police and fire units responded to 6 Castro Grove Rd. in Toms River for a structure fire. Units from Silverton, Pleasant Plains and East Dover fire companies responded and extinguished the fires. Toms River police officers noting suspicious circumstances surrounding the fire immediately secured the scene and notified fire investigation personnel to respond. The subsequent investigation would lead to the identification of Lyons as the defendant who is alleged to have deliberately set both fires. Lyons is an acquaintance of the victim.

Lyons, who could not be located at his listed addresses, is 5 feet 9 inches tall and weighs approximately 204 pounds. Anyone with information on his whereabouts should contact TRPD Detective Andrew Chencharik at 732-349-0150, extension 1338; their local police; or the U.S. Marshals Service by email at usms.wanted@usdoj.gov. All information will be treated as confidential.

Toms River Police Detective Andrew Chencharik, Ocean County Prosecutor’s Detective Thomas Haskell Jr.,and Toms River Bureau of Fire Prevention Officer Dominick Roselli are conducting the investigation. Ocean County Sheriff’s Department Crime Scene Investigation Detectives Jordan Toscano and Jillian Marin documented the crime scene.

The media and the public are reminded that criminal charges are accusations only. Every criminal defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty in court.

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