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Sidney Lowe, Son of Wolfpack Coach, Accused in Armed Robbery, Attempted Heist

Posted March 27, 2007
Updated March 28, 2007

— The 21-year-old son of North Carolina State basketball coach Sidney Lowe faces charges in two armed incidents, including one in which a UNC-Greensboro student from Raleigh was shot in the back.

Police at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro said Sidney R. Lowe II surrendered to authorities Tuesday and was charged with eight counts, including felony aiding and abetting attempted armed robbery, in connection with Saturday's shooting and attempted robbery inside Weil Residence Hall.

"This is a difficult time for my son, myself and my family. We appreciate the support and understanding of the Wolfpack family," Lowe said in a statement.

Greensboro city police filed 14 additonal charges, including felony assault, in connection with a home invasion that took place on March 16. Lowe and another man are accused of going to a house with six people in it and striking one of them on the head with a bottle, said Lowe's attorney, Locke Clifford.

Investigators said a search warrant was served on the younger Lowe’s home on Monday in connection with Saturday’s shooting. Further investigation connected Lowe with additional criminal offenses not related to the shooting and attempted robbery at UNC-G.

They include possession of a weapon on educational property on both the UNC-G campus and the campus of North Carolina A&T University; possession with intent to sell and deliver marijuana; maintaining a dwelling for the sale and delivery of a controlled substance; possession of marijuana, and three counts of possession of stolen goods.

Lowe did not spend the night in jail, though it took more than five hours and 14 bail bondsmen to come up with the required portion of the $450,000 secured bond to get him out. The elder Lowe was in Greensboro with his son at the magistrate's office.

"His father has been with him every second of the way and is absolutely standing by his son, as any father would," Clifford said.

According to a statement from N.C. State Athletic Director Lee Fowler, "We understand what a difficult time this must be for the Lowe family. I have spoken with Sidney and assured him that we support our coach and will do what we can for him and his family as they deal with this situation."

The younger Lowe is a student at N.C. A&T in Greensboro. According to N.C. State's athletic department Web site, he is one of Sidney Lowe's three children.

Police said UNC-G freshman Stephen Cobb was shot in the lower back during an attempted robbery. Brian Patrick Martin, 19, was arrested shortly after the shooting and charged with attempted first-degree robbery and related weapons charges. Another person was also charged in connection with the incident.

During the incident on March 16, police said, Lowe and Martin were armed with an assault weapon during the home invasion at 1322 West Friendly Ave. in Greensboro, where cellular phones, cash, laptop computers and other property were taken.

Lowe's first court date is scheduled for April 30. Coach Lowe could not be reached for comment, a school spokeswoman said.


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  • louey2 Apr 1, 2007

    This is just another example if you hang with crap you will eventually smell like it. All of these kids were in the wrong. Even the victim. Seems like his problems aren't head line news. Leave Coach Lowe out of it. You raise your children they way you want them to act, but you can not make them if they aren't willing. I am sure the Victims parents are good people also

  • Sundaysailor Mar 29, 2007

    Lightfoot: Let us arm ourselves with knowledge. Knowledge is powerful, and you've studied too. Hooray! The days of the religious right ruling over us are all over. The rapture will never come, in fact, the rapture was never mentioned in the bible at all until somewhere around 1939 IIRC with the Schoefield (sp?) bible. Someone wasn't paying attention *again*. In fact, according certain sources, if the rapture were going to happen, it is at least seven years late now. But, it isn't going to happen anyway.

  • Lightfoot Mar 28, 2007

    You're exactly right! And that's why I've started challenging all the spooks, goblin, and spirit worshippers when they start spouting their fanciful nonsense out here. There is a growing movement that these moderate "believers" give power to the fanatics. Now what other relgion have we seen that in?

    It's so funny how each spook believer claims their particular spook is the one and only. It's 2007 and we still have this kind of ignorance among mankind! No wonder we haven't ventured beyond our own solar system. Shameful!

  • Lightfoot Mar 28, 2007

    DukeGirl 1953,

    That's the Christian spirit! When your faith is weak, your knowledge of the bible is lacking, and you can't substain the fraud any more, just give up and leave. Jesus would be proud!

    Zeus still loves you though.


  • DukeGirl 1953 Mar 28, 2007

    SHAKING the dust from my feet where Lightfoot is concerned!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Lightfoot Mar 28, 2007

    DukeGirl 1953,

    Please address your prayers to, “Dear Apollo…”

    He’s my favorite.

  • Lightfoot Mar 28, 2007


    Yes, clearly off topic. I didn’t start it, but as you see, I can’t resist commenting on it. :)

    Where did it come from? Don’t know. People also use to not know what caused thunder, so they invented Thor. Wind?...some wind spirit was invented. When primitive man couldn’t understand something (or wanted to justify something they were doing), they invented a god or spirit. If you find a surprise gift sitting on your doorsteps, and don’t know where it came from, do you assume God did it?

    Just because we don’t know something, doesn’t mean we have to invent a spook to explain it. It’s clear that the God of the bible doesn’t exist. Concrete prayers are NEVER answered. Nothing from the bible EVER happens.

    Read this website and get back to me:

    If you see a logic flaw, let me know.

  • woodywoodpecker Mar 28, 2007

    Gnathostomata is a perfect example of how religion attempts to stifle intellect. If it seems too complicated for us mere mortals to understand then "God did it" is the only answer. How many times in the history of man has this been the case and WHY do we allow it to continue today??? I'll bet he has a good arguement along the lines of "but evolution is only a theory".

  • Dayum Krazy Mar 28, 2007

    oh nooo religion, politics, and college basketball coaches who have troubled children do not mix

  • Dayum Krazy Mar 28, 2007

    1Packfan... I agree with all 7, and several things you touched on I have been trying to say to(2)individuals, however as the 'ol saying goes "you can lead a horse to water but ya can't make 'em drink" does apply to stubborn mules in this case LOL