A Brentwood Borough man pleaded guilty in federal court on Friday to a 2011 bank robbery at a Giant Eagle in Moon Township.
Christopher Lyons, 32, admitted to .
Lyons is scheduled to face sentencing in U.S. District Court on March 25.
During the robbery, Lyons passed a note to a bank teller that read, "This is a robbery ... I have a gun," according to court documents.
The teller then handed Lyons a stack of cash that contained an exploding dye pack. Lyons fled Giant Eagle with the cash, which exploded in the store's Moon Plaza parking lot before he drove away in a black Cadillac Escalade.
With the help of surveillance footage, investigators tracked Lyons back to his home at 103 Beisner Ave. in Brentwood, near Whitehall Borough.
A South Hills Area Council of Governments SWAT team then approached Lyons' home. When the team of police officers found Lyons, they said that he was wielding a gun and a knife and had slit his own throat.
Police said that Lyons refused to put his weapons down and barricaded himself inside of the home. Officers then unleashed tear gas into the home and negotiated with Lyons until about 11 p.m., when he finally surrendered.
Lyons was taken by ambulance to UPMC Mercy Hospital and underwent surgery for his self-inflicted wounds.
Also due to Lyons' actions that Nov. 6, he faced a pretrial conference at the Allegheny County Courthouse on July 20 to face charges from the Brentwood Borough Police Department of prohibited use of a firearm, making terroristic threats and aggravated assault. He then faced a non-jury trial for those charges at the same location, beginning on Sept. 21. The prohibited use of a firearm and terroristic threats charges have been withdrawn, but the assault charge is still pending litigation. (UPDATE: The assault charge has been dropped.)
This article originally appeared on the Robinson-Moon Patch.
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