Va. Beach abduction suspect denied bond

Wife testifies about suspect’s PTSD, behavior

Bryan R. Lowe (Photo by VBPD)

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (WAVY) – A Virginia Beach abduction suspect faced a judge Thursday for a second bond hearing since his arrest, and once again the judge denied him bond.

Virginia Beach Police charged 48-year-old Bryan Lowe after they say he approached a man on July 21 and threatened him at gunpoint, and tried to take his baby, who was in the backseat of the victim’s car. It happened in the Sherwood Lakes neighborhood.

The suspect fled the scene, but was located by an officer a short distance away.

Lowe was arrested and charged with attempted abduction and use of a firearm in commission of a felony.

During Lowe’s first hearing in July, Lowe’s wife testified and revealed more about who he is. She said he retired in 2012 from the Army after serving 26 years in the military. She also said he has 42 decorations, including three bronze stars for valor in combat. Lowe appeared upset in court while his wife testified, and was crying.

Lowe’s wife testified that he was diagnosed with Post-Traumatic Stress Syndrome (PTSD), and he is on several medications, including antidepressants.

According to her testimony, the VA considers Lowe 90 percent disabled.

She said he started acting erratically recently, showed paranoid behavior and stopped taking his medication.

During the August 7 hearing, the judge said if there are any changes to Lowe’s current mental state, the defense could bring up his bond status again.

A preliminary hearing is scheduled for October 9.

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