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Alleged robber's status upgraded
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Staff report

An alleged bank robber has been upgraded back to serious condition from critical condition, according to a hospital spokesman.

Don Lowery, a Guyton resident and former area journalist, is awaiting charges for an apparent holdup at the Bank South branch on Stephenson Avenue in Savannah on Monday morning. But a bank customer stepped in and foiled the attempt. Lowery was hurt in the incident and taken to Memorial Health University Medical Center. The nature of his injuries has not been released.

Lowery’s condition was downgraded to critical Monday night before being improved to serious on Tuesday.

According to the Savannah Chatham Metro Police Department, Lowery walked into the bank armed with a sawed-off shotgun strapped to his waistband with more than 20 rounds of ammunition. He told the tellers and one patron, doing business at the time, that it was a holdup.

The patron told the robber to get out of the bank. Lowery tried to draw his weapon, but the weapon somehow became entangled in the process.

The customer took Lowery to the ground and detained him until police arrived.

Lowery will face federal charges once he is released from the hospital.