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Posted on: February 26, 2016

[ARCHIVED] Lancaster Man on Synthetic Marijuana Held Gun to Stranger’s Head

Robert Lowden

A Lancaster man has admitted to holding a stolen revolver to a man’s head, then resisting police until they deployed an electronic stun gun.

Robert Charles Lowden, who has a history with firearms, recently pleaded guilty in Lancaster County Court to four felonies regarding the April 17, 2015 incident.

Lancaster County Judge Dennis Reinaker, who accepted the plea, will order sentence in a couple months.

Lowden, apparently under the influence of synthetic marijuana, held a revolver to the head of a man he didn’t know in the first block of South Prince Street. Lowden lived on that block.

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.

Lowden, 23, has been at Lancaster County Prison since then.

Lancaster city police Officer Jose De LaTorre filed charges.

Lowden pleaded guilty 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.

Also, he was charged in 2014 with shooting a man – also in the first block of South Prince Street. That case dissolved because the victim couldn’t proceed.

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

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