New Castle News

October 23, 2013

Bank robbery charges held for court

By Staff
New Castle News

NEW CASTLE — All charges against a Hickory Township man accused in an Aug. 12 bank robbery have been held for court.

Following a hearing yesterday in central court, Norman Clifford Lowe, 57, of Eastbrook Apartments, was held for court on two counts of robbery and one count each of facsimile weapons of mass destruction, terroristic threats, theft, receiving stolen property and disorderly conduct.

He remains in Lawrence County jail on $100,000 bond.

The hearing was before District Judge Jennifer Nicholson.

According to Pennsylvania state police, Lowe entered First National Bank’s branch on Harlansburg Road about 11:30 a.m. Aug. 12, placed a rectangular device on the counter and told the teller it was an explosive. He allegedly ordered her to give him money or he would detonate the bomb.

Police said he ran out of the bank after receiving money, leaving the device behind.

The Allegheny County Bomb Squad later used a robot to remove the item, which was dismantled and determined not to be explosive.