Adopted son of Paso Robles pastor accused of racial stabbing
August 26, 2016
The adopted son of a Paso Robles pastor allegedly stabbed an interracial couple in Olympia, Washington while preparing to confront Black Lives Matters protesters. Daniel Brett Rowe, 32, left his Paso Robles family at the age of 18, moved to Washington, began living off the grid and took on an anti-government lifestyle, his adopted father said. [Tribune]
On Aug. 16, Rowe attacked a 47-year-old black man and a 35-year-old white woman, according to court documents. The couple was drinking at a bar and then went outside to smoke and make out.
After kissing his girlfriend outside the bar, the man suddenly heard her yell. He saw Rowe standing behind her and then felt Rowe stab him in the side, according to court documents.
Rowe fled, but the man managed to trip him into a car, which knocked Rowe unconscious. Both the man and woman survived the stabbing.
While in custody, Rowe told police officers that he had their backs. Rowe also said, if he was released, he was planning on heading to the next Donald Trump rally and stomping out some more Black lives Matters members, according to an affidavit.
Prosecutors have charged Rowe with two felony counts of assault with a deadly weapon and two counts of misdemeanor malicious harassment. Rowe has yet to enter a plea in the case.
Rowe, originally from Redding, was adopted at the age of 8 by Rev. Daniel Rowe and his wife. The family moved to Paso Robles in 1998 when the elder Rowe became the head pastor at Trinity Lutheran Church.
The younger Rowe lived in Paso Robles from 1998 to 2002. He attended Paso Robles High School, where he was poised to become a track star, Rev. Rowe said.
In 2002, the younger Rowe left the family and moved to Washington state with a friend and the friend’s father. Rowe was convicted of second-degree robbery in 2008. He then spent three years behind bars in Washington state.
Rev. Rowe said he has not seen his adopted son in 14 years and has not spoke to him in eight years. The pastor said, while they were still in contact, his adopted son would call the family on disposable phones and make anti-government statements. He was sure the government was coming to get him, Rev. Rowe said.
The pastor said his adopted son never showed any signs of racial hatred prior to leaving the family. Rowe has since claimed to be a member of a white supremacist group.