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The condition of 16-year-old Ashley Aubin Lyon of Valrico, Florida, who was found stabbed early Thursday in Lafayette has been upgraded from critical to serious but stable, according to Cpl. Paul Mouton, Lafayette Police spokesman.
Lyon was found with registered sex offender Steven Patrick Myers, 41, of Plant City, Florida, police said. Lyon has been missing since June 11, according to the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office.
Because of national media attention in the case, patrons of a truck stop in Grosse Tete recognized the two as they entered the truck stop early today and notified the Iberville Parish Sheriff's Office, according to a news release.
When deputies arrived, they saw Lyon and Myers in a Chevy 3500 flatbed pickup truck. The deputies attempted to stop the truck, but Myers refused to pull over and a pursuit began that ended about 40 miles later in Lafayette.
During the police chase, which involved multiple law enforcement agencies, Myers allegedly struck four other vehicles with the truck in an attempt to block the road, the Hillsborough Sheriff's news release states. Deputies deployed multiple tire spikes that deflated five of the truck's six tires, but Myers continued driving down to the rims.
The truck came to a stop on the Interstate 10 overpass at North University Avenue in Lafayette when a tire caught fire, Mouton said.
Myers then exited the truck with a knife in hand and approached officers, Mouton said. Officers deployed a Taser stun device and a police dog and apprehended him.
Lyon was found inside the truck suffering from multiple stab wounds. Both were taken to local hospitals.
Myers will be charged with multiple violations, including attempted murder, Mouton said.
Myers was convicted of child molestation in 1999 in Georgia, according to the Florida Sex Offender Registry.