Man sent to prison for ‘The Point’ robbery

A 42-year-old East Temple Street man plead guilty Tuesday to robbing “The Point” July 6 and was sentenced to three years in prison.

Christopher W. Lowe appeared Tuesday in the Fayette County Court of Common Pleas on a two-count indictment for robbery from an incident that occurred at the Flagway gas station at 915 E. Market St., also known as “The Point.”

Lowe had just robbed the gas station and was running northbound on Walnut Street when he ran past a Washington Court House police officer investigating another case. The officer asked Lowe to stop running and talk to him, but Lowe continued across East Market Street.

The officer gave chase and caught up with Lowe in an alleyway intersection behind a residence on East Market Street.

Lowe was holding $401 in his hand when the officer caught him.

At the same time, the police dispatch informed the officer that a white male wearing dark pants with a a grey hoodie and a white t-shirt tied around his face had just robbed Flagway. Lowe’s outfit matched the description that was called into dispatch by the main witness to the robbery, the gas station’s cashier.

The cashier reported that he was working at the register when he heard the front door shatter and saw a male enter the business through the shattered door. The cashier said Lowe demanded “all the money” and had his hand inside his pocket as if he was carrying or concealing a weapon. The cashier gave Lowe the money from the register and Lowe departed the gas station through the shattered door.

The arresting officer reported that Lowe had used the drawstring of the grey hoodie to tie the white shirt around his face in an attempt to conceal his identity. The officer, who transported Lowe to the Fayette County Jail, wrote in his report that Lowe was acting “belligerent” on the way to the jail and told the officer to “pull the cruiser over and fight him like a man.”

In fashioning a sentence for Lowe, the court reiterated that Lowe had served several prior prison sentences. His past criminal history, according to the court records, includes two cases filed in the county in 2005 for aggravated arson, vandalism, and breaking and entering and a 1998 case for breaking and entering.

He was ordered by Fayette County Court of Common Pleas Judge Steven Beathard to serve a mandatory three years in prison, the most a person can be sentenced for the charge of robbery. With the sentence Lowe was credited with 47 days of jail time already served on the robbery charge in the Fayette County Jail.

Lowe was ordered to pay $300 restitution to Hartley Oil Company for the cost of the broken glass door at Flagway. Court costs in the amount of $300 were suspended.

Lowe was transferred to the Correctional Reception Center in Orient, Ohio, to commence his sentence.

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Lowe was indicted in July for robbing gas station of $401

By Ashley Bunton

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