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Lyons man charged with intimidation with a deadly weapon

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

A 19-year-old Lyons man, Brandon Jean Zygai, was arrested Monday and charged with felony intimidation with a deadly weapon on Wednesday.

Lyons Town Marshal Ron Sparks and Greene County Sheriff's Deputy Bryan Woodall responded to a home in Lyons early Monday after a woman told a dispatcher her son was out of control and threatening to kill her.

The dispatcher told the officers she could hear a male, in the background during the call, yelling that he was going to kill his mother because she was a demon.

The officers arrived at 6:22 a.m. and found Zygai sitting on the front steps. According to an affidavit prepared by Sparks, when Zygai was asked what was going on, he began an irrational rambling that didn't have anything to do with the situation at hand.

When asked about what had occurred, the mother said when she returned home from work, she found nunchucks hanging on her house door and asked Zygai why they were there. She said he became irritated and began calling her names then threatened her life.

Zygai is accused of grabbing the woman's arm and twisting it behind her, then threatening her with a knife in hand.

Zygai was taken into custody and transported to the Greene County Jail.

In interviews with officers on the scene and later in the jail, Zygai allegedly admitted to twisting the woman's arm and picking up the knife while making threats but said this was the only time he had ever done anything like it before.

According to the affidavit, Sparks asked Zygai if he would have actually cut or killed his mother and he replied, "Yeah," and when asked if there was any doubt, he replied, "No doubt."

In an initial hearing on Wednesday in Greene Circuit Court, Zygai was charged with intimidation - drawing or using a deadly weapon as a threat is made, a class C felony, and battery, a class B misdemeanor.

A public defender was appointed to represent Zygai and he was ordered to have no contact with the victim.

His bond is set at $10,000 surety or ten percent cash.

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maybe the video games alot of these kids play r messing there heads up?or its the new drugs on the street now...i dont know...but the youth has changed alot...and not 4 the better..

-- Posted by willam* on Thu, Jan 24, 2013, at 12:03 AM

Well they are not made to do chores anymore. Split wood, feed animals, stack hay, things that teach them morals and values that carry on for life. Instead they have all this garbage entertaining, confusing them with reality and teaching them evil ways of life.

-- Posted by eagle26 on Thu, Jan 24, 2013, at 7:21 AM

This kid imo needs a psych evaluation, jail isn't going to make him any better, he may not get any better even with help but the fact that he said he's never done anything like this before warrants at least a chance for him to get some help.

And I believe taking God, prayer and faith out of America's schools and in homes has begun a downward spiral especially when we have adults who are to be our kids examples acting in ways that are not becoming, what do we expect to happen in this world.

When you even see adults acting horribly in stores, no politeness, very little, everyone out for themselves, this is the reaping we get. Greed for more and more things has taken over, parents buying their kids whatever they want and not holding them accountable for their actions, it's all about me, me, me. Where's the responsibility to earn what you want, not saying it's hopeless, there's always a new day to change and I pray America wakes up before it's too late.

Also, we have an epidemic of grandparents having to raise their grandchildren more so than ever before, that says a lot!

-- Posted by sassy12 on Thu, Jan 24, 2013, at 8:53 AM

Couldn't have said it better. How long is God going to tolerate mans behavior. Whats going to happen to our nation for so many people turning their back on God. Taking God out of everything is going to cause exactly what is happening to our world today. So many children have no respect for their parents or anyone else as far as that goes.

-- Posted by happycamper_49 on Fri, Jan 25, 2013, at 2:30 PM

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