Abilene police: Fake carjacking led to SWAT standoff


ABILENE, Texas - The carjacking that led to a SWAT standoff Wednesday in Abilene might not have happened at all.

An 18-year-old man told police that he was giving a ride to two people when they robbed him at gunpoint about 9 a.m. Wednesday - taking his wallet, $200 in cash, his cellphone and his car.

The man claimed he was left stranded on "a remote road north of I-20 and Loop 322." He said he flagged down another driver and called his dad to come pick him up.

Thursday afternoon, Jennifer Galvan with the Abilene Police Department said "the initial report appears to have been fabricated."

The fake report led police to a home in the 1900 block of North 3rd Street.

Because police were looking for an armed suspect, they called in the SWAT team.


After a short standoff, Terrance Dewayne Lyons, 32, came out of the home.

Lyons was arrested on an unrelated warrant for a parole violation.

Assistant Chief Mike Perry said it will be up to the Taylor County District Attorney's Office to decide whether the 18-year-old will be charged for filing a false police report.

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Abilene police arrested a suspect following a carjacking and standoff.

P olice say a car was stolen at gunpoint Wednesday morning. The car was located around 1 p.m. at a home located near North 3 rd and Victoria streets.

The SWAT team was called to surround the home.

"Given the possibility of an armed suspect in this case the SWAT team responded and took over perimeter operations," said Sgt. Lynn Beard, with the Abilene Police Department. "A couple of our crisis negotiators showed up and made contact with the person inside the residence and were able to talk them out."

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Police are trying to determine if the person inside the house is the same person who stole that vehicle at gunpoint.

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