BOULDER — The man who kept SWAT officers at bay March 9 appeared in court without a lawyer Thursday because he expected prosecutors to drop the charges he faces, he said.
Kip Lowe, 38, of Longmont was accused of threatening a collections worker with a gun. He has been charged with felony menacing and failing to leave his home when ordered.
“I’m hoping the district attorney’s office will look at the case a little bit closer and drop the charges,” Lowe said.
County Judge Thomas J.B. Reed urged Lowe to find an attorney because felony menacing carries a sentence of between two and 16 years in prison.
“You need to hire a lawyer. I don’t think you can do this by yourself,” Reed told Lowe.
Collections employees had been harassing Lowe and a female friend, trying to repossess the woman’s car, Lowe said.
“They have sleeping bags in their SUVs,” Lowe said.
On March 9, Lowe and the woman were working on their computers in the basement of his home at 1506 Green Place when another collections employee came to his door, Lowe said.
“If he had come up here and said, ‘I’m here to serve papers,’ I wouldn’t even have threatened him,” Lowe said, explaining that he has repeatedly told the collections agents not to trespass on his property.
The woman, who does not live at the home, is behind on her car payments by a few hundred dollars, Lowe said.
The man threw the papers he was trying to serve, then suddenly said, “Oh, my God,” Lowe said. He did not know what the man was talking about and returned to his computer in the basement, he said.
He thinks the collections agency purposely escalated the incident, he said.
“I believe, after seven to eight times, they wanted to make it criminal,” Lowe said. “I was the fly in their ointment.”
When the case is resolved, Lowe plans to leave Boulder County and, likely, Colorado. The Kansas native has had job offers from around the country but stayed here to keep his child near his former in-laws, he said.
Lowe received custody of his son after he divorced his wife, he said.
“I’m just not happy with the way things have gone,” Lowe said. “In the few years I’ve lived here, I just know the legal system way too much.”