Neighbor: Accused attempted abductor despondent on morning of alleged incident

Posted at 11:09 PM, Jul 22, 2014
and last updated 2014-07-22 23:48:24-04

Virginia Beach, Va. - Beach neighbors of Bryan Lowe are left scratching their heads, wondering how and why the 48-year-old could be caught up in attempted abduction and firearm charges.

"I just couldn't believe it," says Ron Dilks, who lives across the street from Lowe.

Court records reveal that Lowe suffers from PTSD and is prescribed six different medications.

Neighbors say he worked from home and is ex-Army. In his Facebook profile picture, Lowe is shown wearing Army dress blues.

"I mean you hear about these things every day on the news but you never know anyone who is the one involved," Dilks says.

Police say Monday morning just before 10, Lowe took a gun out of his holster and threatened to take a father's 2-month old baby boy. It happened outside a house on Locksley Arch about two miles from Lowe’s home on Seville Court.

"His place is right in the center of my vision," Dilks says.

Dilks says he was sitting in his driveway Monday when he says a despondent looking Lowe walked towards him.

"There was definitely something wrong because when he walked from that corner where the side post is to my driveway he had his head down the whole time, never looked up once and my neighbor was saying 'Bryan are you ok, Bryan are you ok?' and he looked up and said 'I didn't do it,'” Dilks says. “I thought it was a joke and said 'I didn't do it either.’"

Police have not said anything about Lowe’s motivations or if he knew the father and his infant son.

“He didn't remind me of the kind of guy who would do something like that but then again people surprise you," Dilks says.

Lowe's next hearing is scheduled for early August.


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