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By Jim Wallace - bio | email

August 18, 2008

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - The suspected Bandana Bandit will remain in jail. A Judge denied the accused serial robber's request for bond, saying Jerome Lowe remains a threat to the community.

 Prosecutors plan to file more charges against Lowe. Jerome Lowe was not in the courtroom for his bond hearing.

 Lowe was arrested for the ten Bandana Bandit armed robberies in Albany in July. Prosecutors say he would case out businesses, then rob them at gunpoint, always wearing a bandana as a disguise.

His lawyer, William Godfrey, his Mother, and Girlfriend were there, and asked Judge Loring Gray to release Lowe on bond. His Mother told the Judge that Lowe was a good person, had a five year old son, and had never been any problem to her.

But District Attorney Ken Hodges disagreed. Hodges said "Your honor, he's clearly a danger to the community. He's a flight risk. He's facing life in prison based on the previous conviction and based on the magnitude of cases that he have now. We ask that you deny bond."

Judge Loring Gray issued his decision quickly.  Judge Gray said "I'm going to find that he poses a risk to the community, the community at large, and there is a substantial likelihood that he would commit other felonies if he were to be released on bond. And deny his request for bond."

Lowe is currently facing 9 counts of armed robbery, but Hodges says Prosecutors will file many more charges against Lowe soon. Hodges said "We do plan on indicting for additional kidnapping charges, aggravated assault, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, possession of a firearm during the commission of certain crimes, and some other related charges."

 Hodges said Lowe will probably not go on trial until next year. Until then he will remain in the Dougherty County Jail.

29-year old Jerome Lowe was convicted of armed robbery in Albany in 1997 and served five years in prison.

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