News Flash Home
The original item was published from 4/18/2016 9:45:52 AM to 7/9/2016 5:00:07 PM.

News Flash

District Attorney

Posted on: April 18, 2016

[ARCHIVED] 20 Years for Man on Synthetic Marijuana who Held Gun to Stranger's Head

Robert Lowden

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.

MEDIA CONTACT: Brett A. Hambright, 717-295-2041;; Twitter: @BrettHambright

Facebook Twitter Email