A Lancaster man will serve up to 20 years for holding a stolen revolver to a man’s head, then resisting police until they deployed an electronic stun gun.
Robert Charles Lowden used synthetic marijuana prior to the April 17, 2015 incident on South Prince Street, where he confronted a man he didn’t know.
Assistant District Attorney Travis S. Anderson, at a recent sentencing hearing in Lancaster County Court, called Lowden a danger, saying the community is safer with everyday Lowden spends in prison.
Lancaster County Judge Dennis Reinaker agreed and ordered a 9-to-20-year state-prison term.
Lowden, 23, pleaded guilty in February to aggravated assault, receiving stolen property, and two firearms violations.
He was prohibited from having firearms due to a prior felony conviction of having a gun with an obliterated serial number.
A pair of constables came upon the scene and dispatched for police. One of the constables stayed with the gun, a black, 6-shot revolver, until police took custody of it.
A city police officer and Constable Brandon Balmer eventually cornered Lowden, who was agitated and uncooperative. Police reported he acted in a “very violent… threatening manner.”
Police had to deploy the stun gun to take Lowden into custody.
Lancaster city police Officer Jose De LaTorre filed charges.
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