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Ocean Man Accused of Setting Toms River Home on Fire Sought

Toms River

Ocean County Prosecutor Joseph D. Coronato and Toms River Police Chief Mitch Little are asking the public for assistance in locating Kenneth Lyons, 36, of Ocean, who is wanted for Aggravated Arson and Attempted Murder. 

The charges stem from a fire he allegedly set to a Toms River home in early April.

According to officials, Lyons, who could not be located at his listed addresses, is 5’9” and weighs approximately 204 pounds. 

Anyone with information on the whereabouts of Kenneth Lyons should contact TRPD Detective Andrew Chencharik at 732-349-0150 Ext. 1338, their local police or the US Marshals Service by e-mail at: 

All information will be treated as confidential.

According to officials, on Apr. 7th at approximately 1:30 a.m., police and fire units responded to 6 Castro Grove Road in Toms River for a structure fire.  Units from Silverton, Pleasant Plains, and East Dover fire companies responded and extinguished the fires. 

Toms River Officers noting suspicious circumstances surrounding the fire immediately secured the scene and notified fire investigation personnel to respond. 

A subsequent investigation would lead to the identification of Kenneth Lyons as the defendant who is alleged to have deliberately set both fires.  Lyons is an acquaintance of the victim.

The media and the public are reminded that criminal charges are accusations only.  Every criminal defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty in court.