VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (WAVY) — A man accused of trying to force a father to hand over his infant at gunpoint faced two judges in Virginia Beach Tuesday.
Brian Lowe, 48, appeared in not one, but two courtrooms to face charges of attempted abduction and use of a firearm in the commission of a felony.
For the first charge, Lowe appeared by way of video for his arraignment in Virginia Beach Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court. When the judge asked him about his representation, Lowe referred to his mother, wife and ex wife, who were in the courtroom.
“I would let any of those three women, who I love more than life itself choose my attorney,” he said.
Lowe’s loved ones would not speak with WAVY.com, as they left the courthouse Tuesday morning.
In the afternoon, Low appeared in Virginia Beach General District Court for his firearm charge. WAVY’s Ava Hurdle was in the courtroom and said Lowe appeared somewhat emotional.
No bond hearing date was set, as the Commonwealth and Defense Attorney Greg Turpin want to wait on that, for now. Turpin appeared to counsel Lowe on Tuesday, at the request of Lowe’s family.
The charges are for what police say a father reported about Lowe on Monday. The father claims Lowe threatened him at gunpoint and demanded he give up his young child, who was seated in a vehicle. The father said Lowe was unsuccessful and drove away in a red truck, but officers located him shortly after the incident and took him into custody.
Ron Dilks lives near where they crime allegedly happened on Locksley Arch in the Sherwood Lakes subdivision. He told WAVY.com he had only met Lowe for the first time on Monday.
“I guess when you hear things strange about a person that you know, I guess you can’t believe it,” Dilks said. “I don’t know him enough to say that, but I would never pick him for somebody that would do something like that.”
If convicted of the crimes, Lowe faces one to five years in prison for the attempted abduction charge and three years for the firearm offense.
Lowe is scheduled to return to court on August 6 to inform the court of his choice for an attorney. For now, he remains in custody at the Virginia Beach City Jail without bond.