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Man charged with damaging gates at FBI office on Mohawk Street

A Buffalo man faces up to 10 years in prison and a $1,000 fine after being accused of ramming his SUV into gate of the Buffalo Office of the FBI on Mohawk Street, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office.

Robert Lowe, 35, was arrested and charged by criminal complaint with depredation of government property following the incident, which occurred about 10:40 p.m. Thursday, the U.S. Attorney's Office said.

After he drove into the gate, Lowe backed away and drove around the perimeter of the FBI office at a high rate of speed, according to Assistant U.S. Attorney Paul C. Parisi, who is handling the case.

Lowe then drove to the perimeter gate on Staats Street and twice rammed into that gate, which gave way, officials said.

Lowe entered the parking lot, drove in circles and then rammed into the outbound lane perimeter gate before driving out of the parking lot through Staats Street, authorities said. He was stopped by Buffalo Police at Chippewa Street and Elmwood Avenue, arrested and taken into custody, officials said.

The damage to the security gates at the FBI is estimated to exceed $50,000.

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