VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (WAVY) — Officers in Virginia Beach were able to find and take into custody a man who allegedly tried to abduct an infant Monday morning.
Investigators believe the suspect approached a man in the 2200 block of Locksley Arch, just before 10 a.m., according to James Cason with Virginia Beach police. Locksley Arch is in the Sherwood Lakes neighborhood.
Neighbors told WAVY.com the incident happened in an alley off Locksley Arch. They said the suspect approached the man while he was in his driveway.
The suspect engaged the man in conversation and, at some point, pulled out a handgun and threatened to take an infant, who was seated in the back of the victim’s vehicle.
Neighbors said the man fled with his child, locking the baby in the house. They said he then returned to his driveway to get a better description of the suspect and vehicle.
The suspect fled the scene, but an officer located his vehicle a short distance away at the intersection of Princess Anne Road and General Booth Boulevard. He was identified as 48-year-old Bryan R. Lowe of Virginia Beach, Cason said.
Lowe was arrested and charged with attempted abduction and use of a firearm in commission of a felony. He is being held in the Virginia Beach City Jail without bond.
Lowe was arrested not far from where he lives in Virginia Beach — less than 10 minutes from Sherwood Lakes.
Neighbors said they saw Lowe Monday morning: “I’m just flabbergasted,” said Thelma Sinnen. “Because he’s been nothing but gentlemanly.”
Sinnen said she was alarmed when she saw Lowe around 8 a.m. She said he looked like there was something bothering him and he wasn’t acting like himself.
“He was a completely different man,” Sinnen said. “He was walking with his head down and just kind of rambling.”
Another neighbor, Ron Dilks, said he met Lowe for the first time Monday.
“I would never pick him for someone that would do something like that,” Dilks said.
Dilks said shortly after he met Lowe, he saw him leave the neighborhood in his red truck. It’s not clear where he went after leaving the neighborhood.
Cason said the case is still being investigated.