Oxford Man Charged with Institutional Vandalism and Criminal Mischief


OXFORD, PA — On July 12, 2023, at approximately 9:35 p.m., officers of the Oxford Police Department encountered an unusual incident involving a local man, identified as Derrick Lowe, in the parking lot of their precinct. Lowe, who was reportedly being pursued by unknown individuals, decided to approach the law enforcement agency for help.

Upon arrival, Lowe, 39, appeared distressed, prompting the officers to dispatch an ambulance to ensure he was not undergoing a medical emergency. However, Lowe declined medical evaluation, expressing an unexpected preference for incarceration over hospitalization.

In a surprising turn of events, Lowe threatened to destroy government property as a means to achieve his stated goal of going to jail. Immediately following his assertion, Lowe allegedly proceeded to attack a nearby patrol vehicle using his fists and knee, inflicting damages estimated at over $2,000.

The responding officers tried to control the situation, leading to a struggle during which one officer’s body-worn camera was damaged. Despite the struggle, the officers managed to subdue Lowe and take him into custody without further incident.

Fast forward to September 27, 2023, Lowe was officially charged with Institutional Vandalism and Criminal Mischief for his actions that night.

Lowe is scheduled for a preliminary hearing on March 5, 2024, at the Oxford District Court.

Information, a criminal complaint, or an arrest is not a declaration of guilt. A suspect, arrestee, or defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

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