Man Allegedly Uses Kids As Human Shield In Shooting

SWISSVALE (KDKA)– There are new details about the local man who used his two children as human shields during a shooting.

The man lied to police about his identity, instead claiming to be his best friend.

It turns out there was also an outstanding warrant for his arrest.

Police arrested 18-year old Desmond Lyons of Homewood, but he claimed to be Curtis Reynolds, his best friend, also of Homewood.

Police say if you put the pictures side by side, it is hard to tell them apart.

It was when Lyons was fingerprinted that police knew he had lied.

Trouble began for Lyons Monday afternoon in Swissvale a little after 3 p.m.

Two men approached him about money they say he owed them. Police say that’s when Lyons pulled out a gun and began firing while holding his children, ages 2 and 3, in his arms, using them as human shields.

Surveillance video from Murry’s Café in Swissvale shows the two men Lyons allegedly shot at while running away.

Police say when they caught up with Lyons, he shoved the children at them, dropped a bag of toys and kept running.

He was arrested a short time later.

The children are fine. Lyons is in the Allegheny County Jail and his best friend, Curtis Reynolds, has been cleared.

Lyons was already wanted for back child support payments, but this recent incident has landed him in jail on $500,000 bond.


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One Comment

  1. YOUR A PUNK says:

    What a total LOW LIFE I feel sorry for his kids.

  2. deserie says:

    this whole world is crazy

  3. sharbe says:

    this poor excuse for a human being deserves to have his balls shot off

  4. BB says:

    Pathetic, but why aren’t there attempted murder charges? Anytime you discharge a handgun towards an individual there are lethal consequences.

  5. tom says:

    come on have some class

  6. john james says:

    Send his ass to the electric chair

    1. Sam says:

      Thats too good for him and a waste of resources. Toss him in the middle of the ocean with no life jacket.

  7. Dena K says:

    Being a father does not make you a man. This worthless slug is living proof!

  8. Sam says:

    must be a muslim; they’re good at hiding behind women and children.

  9. Cashier says:

    Well I am willing to bet that the serial killer in New York City is white and let’s not forget the kid that blew his soon to be step-moms head off and fetus too.
    My people are freed slaves who are afraid of white people (no eye contact and they mumble during communication like Tim Stevens) and haven’t dropped slave habits that’s why they act like ‘chimpanzees’ on check day or if someone looks at them wrong, just my opinion.

    1. forreal says:

      you cant be serious….i live in a prodominatly black neighborhood and i have never seen a black person look afraid of a white person.

    2. Thomas J Duttine says:

      No one wants to hear the SLAVE garbage anymore….It was wrong…I’m all for reparations for slavery…Give any LIVING slave $10,000,000… otherwise GET OVER IT!!!!!!

      1. DIANA says:

        There are no living slaves.Do you want them taking money from your pay check for that.Let the past rest . We are in the present.

    3. John Valentine says:

      Slavery ended in the 1860’s. No American alive today was a slave. Try again.

      1. Thomas J Duttine says:

        The word was LIVING, what part of that didn’t you get??

  10. A Military Veteran says:

    Cashier, you have no idea what you are talking about. Go to the either of the VA hospitals in Pittsburgh, and say some more, to any vet, any color, see what happens.

  11. James says:

    John Valentine,
    Aren’t you late for your next Klan meeting!? Wouldn’t expect anything less from some of you people in Pittsburgh!

  12. servantoftruth says:

    Wow. A judge took a very serious crime seriously. Maybe there’s hope for the judicial system.

  13. 1-2-3 says:

    What kind of society have we become, throwing money at the problems just don’t work. A product of a failed Society, where’s Tim Stevens and the NAACP, they only speak out when its a black/white issue.

  14. disgusted says:

    This really shouldnt be a debate on race. Crime knows no color. It disgust me that some of you are forgetting there were children involved and instead focusing on color. instead of saying “this happened because he was black” how about say “i hope these children are safe never have to go threw anything like this again and pray whom ever has them now is showing them the love they deserve.”

    1. Dena K says:


  15. AvaGrace says:

    Cashier you are dipping into something that the black community does not want to talk about. I went to a meeting in downtown Pittsburgh a few years back and the black lawyer was talking a good game but when her white boss walked into the room she shut up and looked at the floor until he was done talking. After a few moments I said it’s ok for you to talk, she would not look up and I told my friend that we need different counsel or we would lose the contract.
    I respect all Veterans but they drink too much to drown out their problems.

  16. STEVE says:


    1. Steve You Are a Grade A Idiot!!! says:

      Hey Steve, you idiot!! I’ve lived here all my life too and the problems are caused by EVERYBODY. Just because you are so narrow-minded to only focus on one race, don’t rope everyone else into your bigoted stupidity. If I remember correctly, there was an instance last year (maybe the year before) where a man killed his wife then set the house on fire—all because of a Pens game. And guess what…he was white! Lived in South Fayette. Holy Cow. or the meth lab that was in Bridgeville last year, not a black person to be found in that house. it’s a shame that you have to try and single-handedly bring down the IQ of a whole race just because someone gave you the ability to type.
      Oh BTW, typing in all caps…..doesn’t make you more of a man or make us believe your stupidity.

  17. forner nurse says:

    Black Pittsburghers are afraid of white people.especially downtown and the black men that brag about knocking up alot of girls up have sugar in the tank.

  18. Chic says:

    They have more than sugar in their tank, they don’t respect each other or women.

  19. kristy says:

    it’s amazing that the naacp, sharpton, jackson, etc., blame the white people for all of the blacks’ problems, when, in reality, the blacks are their own worst enemy and bring the trouble on themselves.

    1. Amen says:

      You nailed that one correctly

  20. louie says:

    only $500.000 bail. maybe he can make a deal with that antler guy.

  21. Hmmmmmm says:

    Curtis Reynolds looks way better than Desmond Lyons they look nothing alike talk about bologna and censorship. My question is if this guy was wanted anyway for back child support why does he have the kids on an outing not unless there are more children.

  22. Ace Slick says:

    Such fine, upstanding looking individuals. It’s hard to believe this happened. Pillars of the community usually do not act this way. The air conditioning must have been broken in the mansion.

  23. TIMSTER says:

    Just remember, it was a black man who sold the brothers to the whites. And it was a WHITE man who freed them. I always disliked Abe Lincoln. I hope in my next life, I want to come back as a brother, definately have more rights than the whites.

  24. Nate says:

    For anyone who doesn’t believe racism still exists—just read this post.

  25. John 3:16 says:

    Jesus is the answer.

    1. Irish Eyes says:

      There is truth to your comment. That is part of the problem in today’s world.. People don’t have religion anymore or only when it’s convenient. God is taken out of everything. Just remember that God gives everyone free will to make their own choices in life, good or bad.

      1. Dr Michael says:

        Thats why there is Heaven or hell as a reward or eternal punishment for the choices you make.

  26. sarah says:

    mr steve and john valentine you nailed it i totally agree

  27. tell it like it is says:

    Cashier & AvaGrace make a strong point some blacks do act like freed slaves that have not freed their mind from slavery.

  28. rich blackman says:

    U guys r all racist trailer park living dead end job having losers!!!

  29. QuietMan says:

    I’ve always been taught ‘if you don’t have something nice to say about someone, don’t say anything’. Since I cannot come up with anything good or nice to say about blacks, I’ll just keep my comments to myself…

  30. Stop wasting our time says:

    It’s such a shame that we have the ability to express our concerns or ask questions on these stories and yet each time I read anything it always turns into some race thing. People….shut up!! Stop abusing this. Alot of you don’t even speak on the subject, this has become your sounding board for you racial views….Black and White!!
    Are we all missing the fact that there were children involved in this. Forget the fool who did it, imagine what this will do to the kids emotionally.
    Please people, utilize your freedoms wisely. Comment on the STORY not how you feel when the wind hit your a$$ this morning. If you feel like sounding off about racial issues there are many sites out there that will let you do it. Find them and leave these to those of us who actually don’t live in our own little bubble of a world.

  31. SHUT IT says:

    And just an FYI to those who like to come on here talking about welfare dollars and how they are ‘wasted on blacks’. Do your research, statistically there are more white people receiving federal aid (food stamps, medicaid, etc) than black people.

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