Sidney Lowe Jr. faces multiple charges

Attempted robbery and shooting at UNCG lead to arrest of coach's son

Staff WriterMarch 28, 2007 

— The son of N.C. State men's basketball coach Sidney Lowe was charged Tuesday night in connection with an attempted robbery and shooting Saturday on the campus of the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.

He also faces 13 charges in connection with a robbery March 16.

UNCG police charged Sidney R. Lowe Jr., 21, with felony aiding and abetting of attempted armed robbery, three counts of possession of stolen goods or property, two counts of possession of a weapon on educational property, and one count each of possession with intent to sell or deliver marijuana, maintaining a dwelling for the keeping and selling of a controlled substance and possession of between one-half and 1 1/2 ounces of marijuana.

According to UNCG police, freshman Stephen Cobb of Raleigh was shot Saturday in Weil Residence Hall. Police are continuing to investigate the incident and would not characterize it as drug-related.

Brian Patrick Martin, 19, of Greensboro has been charged with attempted first-degree murder, attempted robbery with a firearm, possession of a weapon on campus and discharge of a weapon on campus.

Cobb reportedly did not suffer life-threatening injuries.

A second person was questioned by police but not charged.

Lowe's residence at 4437 Carlys Way in Greensboro was searched late Monday. UNCG police Major J.C. Herring declined to say what police found or took.

Lowe, who is not a UNCG student, was accompanied by his father and his attorney, Locke Clifford, when he turned himself in to police at the Greensboro office of the Guilford County magistrate. He was released Tuesday night on a $450,000 secured bond posted by his father, The Associated Press reported.

Clifford told The Associated Press that Lowe Jr. "maintains his innocence of all charges."

The elder Lowe could not be reached for comment.

Greensboro police have charged Lowe Jr. with one count of felony assault and six counts each of kidnapping and armed robbery charges in connection with a home invasion and robbery March 16 at 1322 W. Friendly Ave. in Greensboro. Police say Lowe Jr., armed with an assault weapon, burst into a house with six occupants. Greensboro police Capt. Gary Hastings said Martin was also charged in that robbery.

"There were six people in the house when [Lowe Jr.] came in, ... basically held them against their will, robbed them and forced them into a closet," Hastings said.

He said Lowe Jr. and Martin took nearly $2,000 in cash, several phones, computers and other property. Hastings did not say whether the home invasion and robbery were drug-related.

As recently as last year, Sidney Lowe Jr. was listed as a computer sciences student at N.C. A&T State University. He played basketball for two seasons at Leesville Road High School, where he was a starting point guard his senior year in 2002-03. Varsity basketball coach Darryl Robinson said he was surprised to hear of Lowe's arrest.

"That doesn't sound like him. He's a great kid," he said. "He was a role model. I'm looking forward to finding out what really happened."

Lowe Jr.'s criminal record dates to a 2002 conviction for misdemeanor assault. His most recent conviction was for misdemeanor possession of up to one-half ounce of marijuana in December 2005.

(Staff writer Bill Woodward contributed to this report.)

Staff writer Marlon A. Walker can be reached at 836-4906 or marlon.walker@newsobserver.com.

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