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 Wade Lohse Sentenced to 20 Years Hard Labor
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Wade Lohse Sentenced to 20 Years Hard Labor

Wade Lohse is now serving a twenty year sentence in jail with hard labor after accepting a plea deal in court today.

Lohse pled no contest to vehicular homicide in the death of Cacie Barras McGrew. She's the 29 year old Youngsville mom who died last year in a car crash. Wade Lohse was the driver of another car involved in that crash. He was arrested and charged with vehicular homicide and DUI, but ran off earlier this year before his trial was set to begin. He was on the run for three weeks, before he was caught in Philadelphia.

Heading to serve his twenty years, Wade Lohse had no problem opening up to us. His trial was set to begin, but in a last minute decision, Lohse accepted a plea deal.

I asked Lohse why he changed his plea for not guilty to no contest and he said, "They finally gave me the answers to the questions I've been asking from the beginning. I was guilty without a doubt. I have a substance abuse problem and I need to take care of it."

Assistant District Attorney J. N. Prather said, "Us being prepared and ready for trial makes them make some decisions."

Lohse changed his plea from not guilty to no contest before Judge Kristian Earles Monday morning.

Defense Attorney Thomas Alonzo said, "He wanted to get this behind him and he intends to get treatment while in jail."

In court, Prather said Lohse's blood alcohol level was .08 when he crashed into Cacie Barras McGrew's car and killed her.

"Anytime you can get a maximum sentence on a vehicular homicide case, it's good. It doesn't bring back the person who was killed, but it does give the family some relief that it is put to rest, but we still have a young child without a mother," said Prather.

Walking back to prison, Lohse said, "I just feel remorse for the family who lost a love one and I have to do my time. That's all there is."

Since Cacie Barras McGrew's death, her friends and family protested for justice. Family friend, Kellie Breaux released a statement to KATC saying, "We're just relieved that it's over. We got what we wanted. Cacie's mom is elated, but we're bummed the maximum is only 20 years, but his conviction was eminent. We can finally move forward with our lives."

In addition to those twenty years for vehicular homicide, Lohse was also sentenced to 10 years at hard labor on a charge of felon in possession of a firearm and one year for jumping bail.

Those sentences will run concurrently, meaning Lohse will serve only 20 years behind bars.

Chris Welty
cwelty@katctv.com

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1 year ago

Lohse changes plea; sentenced to 20 years in McGrew case

Wade Lohse has been sentenced to 20 years at hard labor after changing his not guilty plea in Cacie Barra McGrew vehicular homicide case.

Lohse amended his plea to "no contest" this morning before Judge Kristian Earles. Lohse was also sentenced to 10 years at hard labor on a charge of felon in possession of a firearm and one year for jumping bail. Those sentences will run concurrently, meaning Lohse will serve only 20 years behind bars.

Prosecutors announced in court today that the district attorney's office consulted with friends and family of McGrew when drafting the plea agreement. Prosecutors added that all parties were satisfied with the agreement because Lohse will serve the maximum sentence possible for vehicular homicide.

Prosecutors said in court that Lohse's blood alcohol level was .08 when he crashed into McGrew's car last year, killing her.

Lohse jumped bail in March when he fled from a Lafayette Parish courtroom just minutes before his trial was scheduled to begin.

KATC's Chris Welty will have more tonight on Acadiana's NewsChannel at 5:00.

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1 year ago

Lohse seeks to exclude YouTube video from trial evidence

Wade Lohse is looking to have a YouTube video he posted to the web during his run from authorities excluded from his trial.

In a motion filed Tuesday, Lohse's attorney, Thomas Alonzo, says that the video is "highly prejudicial" evidence that "will prohibit (Lohse) from receiving a fair trial." Alonzo also notes that a pending change of venue motion for this case is based on the publicity the video received in local media after it was posted online.

Lohse is accused of driving drunk and killing Cacie Barra McGrew in June 2012. He fled from a courtroom on March 25 just before his trial was to begin.

Lohse's trial will begin Monday.

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Can Wade Lohse receive a fair trial in Lafayette?

The attorney for Wade Lohse is requesting a change of venue for his client.

In documents filed in the Fifteenth District Court last week, Thomas Alonzo claims that media reports of a fatal crash in which Lohse is charged "amplified the feelings of grief and anger" felt by the victim's family and the community.

Alonzo also claims in the documents that the jury pool in Lafayette Parish has been tainted by "improper comments" made to KATC by public officials. Alonzo points to remarks made by District Attorney Mike Harson ("Lohse is hiding behind a computer.") and Deputy U. S. Marshal Corey Britt ("He's not being a man. He needs to take responsibility.") as being improper and "high prejudicial" to Lohse.

Alonzo submitted internet articles from numerous media outlets from across Louisiana, including KATC, to show how extensive the coverage of the Lohse case became.

Lohse is charged with vehicular homicide in the June 2012 death of Cacie Barras McGrew. Lohse walked out of a Lafayette Parish courtroom on March 25 just before his trial was scheduled to begin. He was arrested three weeks later in Philadelphia. He was extradited back to Lafayette and is being held in the Lafayette Parish Correctional Center without bond.

Lohse's pre-trial is scheduled for July 22.

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1 year ago

Wade Lohse Bond denied

In court today, Wade Lohse was denied bond on his vehicular homicide charge. Lohse returned to Lafayette on Sunday after the U.S. Marshals Service found him in Philadelphia on April 16.

Lohse is accused of driving drunk and killing Cacie Barra McGrew in June 2012 and left court on March 25 before his trial was set to begin. He had been on the run for just more than three weeks until authorities found in Philadelphia. His trial is expected to start sometime this summer.

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Wade Lohse Bond Hearing Set For Today

Wade Lohse, the man who fled halfway across the country and is now back in the Lafayette Jail and will have a bond hearing today. The U.S. Marshals Service caught him in Philadelphia, and he was returned to Lafayette Sunday.

Well the question now is will a judge even grant him bond today?
Wade Lohse walked out of the Lafayette Parish Courthouse before his vehicular homicide trial started in March.

Due to this, yesterday, authorities tacked on more charges, theft and jumping bail but Lohse will remain in jail until he appears before a judge for his initial charges of vehicular homicide in the death of Cacie Barras Mcgrew. He's also charged with felony possesion of a weapon and burglary.

Authorities say this court appearance might not happen until early July. However Lohse bond hearing is set for one 1p.m. today at the Lafayette Parish Courthouse.

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Wade Lohse Will Stay Behind Bars

Formerly the most wanted man in Acadiana, Wade Lohse faces a judge tomorrow, on charges stemming from his time on the run. Lohse was extradited back to Lafayette over the weekend, nearly one month after he was arrested in Philadelphia, after being on the run for more than 3 weeks. Police say he walked out of the Lafayette Parish court house, just before his trial for vehicular homicide, in the death of Cacie Barras McGrew.

Today, authorities announced Lohse is also facing additional charges, but will remain behind bars at Lafayette Parish Correctional Center, despite having a bond hearing Wednesday afternoon.

"Rest assured this defendant will not be out on bond, as a result of motions that I made with the court," said ADA Jay Prather. "Judge Earles has issued some orders that he will be held without bond until the appropriate hearings are had."

The court will set bond for two new charges, theft and jumping bail; But Lohse will remain in jail until he appears before a judge for his initial charges of vehicular homicide, felony possesion of a weapon, and burglary. But that might not happen until early July. At Tuesday's press conference, it also became more clear where Lohse was spending his time from Lafayette, to Texas, Oklahoma, Virginia and finally Philadelphia.

"In terms of each one of those stops, or who may have helped him, or what they knew about his life on the lamb, is still up in the air, and of course still under investigation," said LPSO Cpt. Kip Judice.

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Lohse to Return to Lafayette This Week

Wade Lohse will be extradited back to Lafayette this week. According to the Lafayette Parish Sheriff's Office, Lohse will be transported this week, but they cannot specify on what day due to security reasons. Lohse was arrested in Philadelphia on April 16. He walked out of a Lafayette courtroom on March 25 just before his trial on vehicular homicide charges was scheduled to begin. Lohse faces those charges in connection with the death last year of Cacie Barras McGrew.

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1 year ago

Lohse Waives Extradition

Wade Lohse may soon be back in Lafayette. According to court officials in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Lohse waived extradition Wednesday. Court officials add Lafayette authorities have 30 days from Wednesday to pick up Lohse and return him to Louisiana. According to the Lafayette Parish Sheriff's Office, no date has been set to retrieve Lohse.

Lohse walked out of court on March 25 just before his trial on vehicular homicide charges was scheduled to begin. Lohse was captured on April 16 in Philadelphia and has been in custody there since. Lohse faces those charges in connection with the death last year of Cacie Barras McGrew.

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Bombing suspects' mom also in terror database

WASHINGTON (AP) - Two government officials tell The Associated Press that U.S. intelligence agencies added the Boston bombing suspects' mother to a federal terrorism database about 18 months before the attack.

Officials say this was done after Russia contacted the CIA late in 2011 with concerns that the now-dead suspect, Tamerlan Tsarnaev (TAM'-ehr-luhn tsahr-NEYE'-ehv), and his mother, Zubeidat Tsarnaeva (zoo-bay-DAHT' tsahr-NEYE'-eh-vuh), were religious militants about to travel to Russia. The CIA asked that Tsarnaev and Tsarnaeva be added to a classified intelligence database called TIDE. Being on the database does not automatically mean the U.S. suspects a person of terrorist activity and does not automatically subject a person to surveillance, security screening or travel restrictions.

The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak publicly about the investigation.

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Wade Lohse in Philadelphia until at least May

Wade Lohse, the man accused of walking out of a Lafayette courtroom the day he was to face trial for vehicular homicide, will stay in Philadelphia until at least May. His hearing, scheduled this morning, was postponed until May 1.

Lohse was on the run for more than three weeks until the U.S. Marshals Service found him in Philadelphia. He has since been in the Curran-Fromhold Correctional Facility awaiting extradition. We do not know why his hearing was postponed, and a phone call to his public defender in Philadelphia went unanswered.

Among other charges, Lohse is charged with vehicular homicide in Cacie Barras McGrew's death. He was allegedly drunk when he crossed the center line on the Youngsville Highway and hit McGrew's car in June 2011.

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Wade Lohse hearing set; extradition still unknown

There is no word on a 72-hour extradition hearing for Wade Lohse, but the Philadelphia 1st Judicial District Clerk of Court's office tells KATC Lohse is set to be in court on April 26 in Philadelphia for a preliminary hearing. We were told to call the public defender's office to find out extradition information. We left a message and are hopeful for a return call.

His Lafayette attorney, Thomas Alonzo, says he hasn't spoken to Lohse but plans to see him once he returns to Lafayette.

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Wade Lohse held in Philadelphia; extradition pending

Wade Lohse is being held in the Curran Fromhold Correctional Facility in Philadelphia, PA, and will stay there until he's extradited unless he fights it. He's guaranteed an extradition hearing within 72 hours of being booked into jail. Lohse was on the run for 22 until the U.S. Marhsals Service arrested him Tuesday in downtown Philadelphia near a train station.

Although Lohse's bail is set at $20,000, he will not be allowed to bond out of jail, because he's being held to face charges in Lafayette Parish. In Lafayette Parish, he's charged with vehicular homicide in Cacie Barras McGrew's death.

Lohse left court on March 25 before his vehicular homicide trial was set to begin. Also, he was in court to face two other charges - possession of a weapon by a felon, and simple burglary. He had been on the run until authorities caught up with him more than 1,000 miles ways in Philadelphia.

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When will Wade Lohse be back inLafayette?

After 22 days on the run, Acadiana's Most Wanted is behind bars. Wade Lohse was arrested this afternoon, more than 1,000 miles away by U.S. Marshal's in Philadelphia.

Here in Acadiana, Lohse is facing several charges, including vehicular homicide in the death of Cacie Barras Mcgrew.

Lohse's criminal history dates back more than 22 years, and he has been arrested all along the east coast, and has even spent time as a fugitive before.

Tonight we're learning more about exactly how authorities honed in Lohse.

But now, it could be days, or even weeks before Wade Lohse is extradited back here to Lafayette. It all depends if Lohse waives his extradition, or fights it, which he has done in the past.

For three weeks agencies from Texas to Pennsylvania have been on the look out for Acadiana's Most Wanted Man, Wade Lohse. Now, he's spending the night behind bars in a Philadelphia jail.

"He was located in Philadelphia in the downtown area near a train station. We receive multiple tips throughout the last three weeks, and tips ultimately did provide significant information that led to his arrest," said U.S. Marshal Corey Britt.

Just last week, Lohse's vehicle was found in Salem, Virginia, and that's when Marshal's say there was a big break in the case.

"Not only did he not have his vehicle, he didn't have his Ipad, he didn't have his food, his camping gear and all that stuff," said Britt. "We gained the edge at that point."

Britt says the agency was looking everywhere, but because of his known ties to Philadelphia and New Jersey they focused some of their resources there.

"His criminal history obviously led us there and led us to investigate previous associates there," said Britt.

Once the extradition process is finished, Lafayette Parish Deputies will have to go to Philadelphia to bring Lohse back. When he returns, he will have a bond hearing within 72 hours.

As you recall, Lohse ran off from the Lafayette Parish Courthouse 3 weeks ago, just before his trial for vehicular homicide in the death of Cacie Barras Mcgrew.

Her family and friends released a statement to us today saying: "This has all been an emotional roller coaster for everyone that knew and loved Cacie. These past few weeks have been extremely difficult. Wade running away tore everyone's hearts back open. Now that he is caught, justice can be served for Cacie's death."

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Most wanted man in Acadiana Wade Lohse arrested

Wade Lohse was arrested this afternoon in downtown Philadelphia at 1:10 p.m.

Tuesday's arrest marked the end of a three-week-long chase that began on March 25th when Lohse fled his trial on vehicular homicide, felon in possession of a firearm and burglary charges in Lafayette Parish.

The arrest, by the U.S. Marshals' Eastern Pennsylvania Violent Crimes Fugitive Task Force, occurred without incident near the Pennsylvania Convention Center in downtown Philadelphia. The search for Lohse included multiple law enforcement offices spanning from Texas to Pennsylvania.

"The coordinated effort of all law enforcement to bring dangerous criminals to justice ensures that the streets and neighborhoods of Louisiana are a safer place to raise our children," said Henry Whitehorn, the United States Marshal for the Western District of Louisiana.

KATC TV-3's Erin Steuber will have more details on this developing story tonight at 10 p.m.

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Questions Raised About Lohse's Bail

Since Wade Lohse bonded out of the Lafayette Parish Jail, questions have surfaced about whether he should have been considered a flight risk.

Commissioner Thomas Frederick set bond but tells us he can't comment on pending or prior cases. Assistant District Attorney Jay Prather tells KATC when people are arrested, the DA's office isn't involved in the bond process unless it's "outrageous behavior." Prather says the D.A.'s office can ask a judge to increase bond but it's ultimately up to the judge.

Wade Lohse has bonded out of the Lafayette Parish Jail three times with the help of A ABail Bonds. Since April 2012, Lohse has racked up 50-thousand dollars of bonds paying the standard 12-percent, a total of roughly six thousand dollars out of pocket to bond out. Then the bonding company guarantees you for the remainder. Considering Lohse's history, why take a chance?

"We've bailed him out before, he's been good, he goes to court, he does everything until he walked off from this thing. Usually, that's the way it is. You stay on something, work with them for years and years, finally they screw you."

Gerold Burrow with A ABonding says its common for people to skip court and they usually catch 50-60% of people who miss their trial date.

"I have to be very careful about who I bond out. We do a lot of paperwork, we have a lot of people on staff, our own bounty hunter who tracks people down."

Burrow says if someone skips court, within thirty days, a forfeiture notice will be sent to the bonding company and they have 182 days to get the person back to court or jail before the bonding company has to pay the full bail back to the courts.

In the case of Wade Lohse, A ABail says Lohse did appear in court before fleeing and at this time, they will not have to forfeit Lohse's bail.

Vehicular Homicide Bond: $15,000----Lohse Paid out of Pocket $1,800

Burglary Bond: $15,000------Lohse Paid out of Pocket $1,800

Felon in Possession of a Firearm Bond: $20,000----Lohse Paid out of Pocket $2,400


Chris Welty
cwelty@katctv.com

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Was Wade Lohse A Flight Risk From The Start?

The most wanted man in Acadiana, Wade Lohse, has an extensive criminal background but not just in Acadiana. His rap sheet dates back more than 22 years, up and down the east coast, and it turns out he's no stranger to being on the run.

In Lafayette Parish, Wade Lohse has been served eight warrants for failure to appear in court since 2011. The warrants were issued on the following dates for missing court on the following charges:

1) 2/8/11- Possession of marijuana for an incident on 9/16/09
2) 8/30/11- Simple burglary for an incident on 3/24/11
3) 9/13/11 - Felon in possession of a weapon for an incident on 1/23/10
4) 9/14/11- DWI for an incident on 1/23/10
5) 12/13/11- Simple burglary for an incident on 3/24/11
6) 3/25/13 - Vehicular homicide for an incident on 6/10/12, simple burglary for an incident on 3/24/11, and felon in possession of a weapon for an incident on 1/23/10.

Our viewers have asked why Lohse was not considered a flight-risk, especially after his most recent arrest for vehicular homicide. According to District Attorney Mike Harson, "The judge ultimately makes that decision. All we can do is submit evidence that a person may be a flight risk, but it remains with the judge to determine that and what remedy the judge desires."

In nearly all of Lohse's cases in Lafayette parish, Commission Thomas Frederick was responsible for setting bond. We reached out to Commissioner Thomas Frederick, but his secretary tells us he's at a conference Friday. We left a message and will update this story when we get a response.

Specifically we want to know if there is a certain set of criteria used in determining whether someone may be a flight risk, and we want to know the guidelines that are followed when determining a bond. According to an emailed response from Harson, "There are no set or standardized criteria. It is basically any evidence that might tend to indicate that the defendant may be inclined not to show for court. For instance, no ties to the community, seriousness of the charge, previous record of non-appearances etc. Then the judge will weigh the evidence and determine what remedy, if any, is appropriate."

More about Wade Lohse's prior criminal history:
Lohse's rap sheet is quite extensive. According the U.S. Marshal's Office, his criminal history dates back 25 years. So we began piecing together the arrests we could find.

There is no national database that the public can access for records on a particular person, so we know for a fact not all of the arrests are reflected in the following report we assembled:

On Oct. 11, 1991, Wade Lohse was arrested in Alexander County, North Carolina. He pleaded guilty to the charges of DWI, speeding and no operating license. He was sentenced to 60 days in jail, one year probation, 24 hours of community service, and required to attend a substance abuse clinic. He paid a $150 fine and $150 in court costs.

He was extradited from North Carolina in February, 1992, to face a charge in another state, but the court records did not indicate which state wanted him. The record does show Lohse fought the extradition. The state's governor had to sign a warrant for him to be extradited.

In March, 1992, the Greensboro Police Department in Guilford County, North Carolina, charged Lohse with giving fictitious information to an officer and for speeding. Court officials there say Lohse skipped the court date on April 14, 1992, so the charges are still pending.
We're told if he would have been stopped in North Carolina, law enforcement officials would have seen the warrant. Because these were misdemeanor charges, he wouldn't have been entered into a national database.

On Nov. 20, 1996, Lohse was arrested on charges of burglary and receiving stolen property. He pleaded guilty in Montgomery County, Penn., in August, 1998. Lohse was sentenced to between one and five years in prison.

In May, 1997, Lohse was charged with attempted burglary, assault, escape, carjacking, burglary, and theft in New Jersey. According to a post on the Newton Police Department's website, police officers responded to a break-in call at a Texas Steakhouse. They say Lohse was seen fleeing the restaurant when they arrived. He was arrested and placed in the back of the patrol car.
However, police say when they arrived back at headquarters, the suspect had removed the handcuffs, assaulted an officer, and fled on foot. Police say while fleeing, he attempted to carjack a vehicle occupied by a woman and her 3-month-old passenger. Police say they learned the next morning that he had burglarized a home, took keys and stole a vehicle.
The car, which had not been reported stolen yet, was later seen speeding and was pursued by Andover Police. Lohse managed to elude them. The vehicle was recovered in Dover at the train station several days later.

Police say Lohse was arrested by the FBI on Oct. 8, 1997 in New Orleans and extradited back to Newton, N.J. Lohse made a plea deal, confessing to assault and escape charges. He was sentenced to seven years in jail. He was released from the New Jersey state prison on Feb. 1, 2006.

On Sept. 16, 2009, Lohse was accused of possession of marijuana in Lafayette Parish. He pleaded guilty in January, 2011, but skipped his sentencing hearing in February, 2011. A warrant was issued, and he was sentenced in April, 2011, to two months in jail.

On Jan. 23, 2010, Lohse was arrested by Broussard Police after they say he was traveling 13 miles per hour over the speed limit. Police say he failed a field sobriety test, had an open Bud Light Lime next to the driver's seat, and was in possession of a Berratta 9mm pistol. Deputies said he registered a 1.34 on a breathalyzer test. Lohse pleaded no contest to the DWI charge. The other two traffic charges were dismissed. He was sentenced to 30 days in jail with credit for time served. Warrants were issued for three missed court dates on Sept. 13, 2011, Sept. 14, 2011, and March 25, 2013. He was fined a $50 contempt of court for the missed court date in September by Judge Edward Rubin. The weapons charge is still pending.

On April 10, 2010, Youngsville Police arrested Lohse after officers say he refused to stop during a traffic stop. Police say that after they put on their lights and sirens, Lohse proceeded a mile and a half to his home and backed into his driveway, nearly striking an officer's police car. He also allegedly refused to get out of the vehicle and had to be pulled out.
He was issued a summons for following too close, driving under suspension and resisting an officer.

The District Attorney's office says they have no records of these charges, but it could possibly be being handled by the Youngsville court system. We were told the only person who could answer our questions about the records there would be back with the keys to the office where the files are kept on Tuesday, April 16th.

On March 24, 2011, Charlotte's Lounge on North University was broken into. Lohse was named a suspect after deputies say DNA placed him at the scene. He was arrested in June, 2011. He missed three court dates on the simple burglary charge, one in August, 2011, one in December, 2011, and the last in March, 2013. For missing court, Frederick fined Lohse $50, and his bond was revoked.

On June 10, 2012, Lohse was in a car accident. He would later be charged with vehicular homicide, after the death of 29-year-old Cacie Barras of Lafayette. He was also cited for driving on the wrong side of the road and for having an open alcohol container in his vehicle.

On March 25, 2013, a nationwide search began for Lohse after he walked out of court prior to a motions hearing on the three pending cases of vehicular homicide, possession of a weapon by a felon, and simple burglary.

On April 2, 2013, deputies issued an arrest warrant on a charge of theft from Gator Cove Restaurant. Deputies say Lohse was contracted to fix a piece of equipment for the restaurant, but now they cannot find the equipment since he took off.

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Lohse possibly in Salem, Virginia

Residents in Salem, Virginia are being asked to be on the lookout for Wade Lohse. He's the Lafayette Parish man wanted for skipping court on a charge of Vehicular Homicide in connection with the crash that killed Cacie Barras McGrew.

Police say last night, they responded to a suspicious person/vehicle complaint in the 100 block of Sheraton Drive. Officers arrived and located a white 2011 Mazda 6 bearing Louisiana license plates. Officers determined the vehicle was stolen from Louisiana, but were unable to locate the person who was seen with the car prior to their arrival.

Police now say they have evidence the vehicle had possibly been occupied by Lohse. Then this morning, a 1999 white Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo was reported stolen from the 1400 block of Sycamore Drive in Salem. The Jeep bears Virginia registration XXF-5792 and has a red sticker affixed to the rear bumper bearing the message "I Have A Great Dane That Is Smarter Than Your Honor Student". The vehicle also has a taillight and headlight that are not operational. There are no witnesses to the theft of the Jeep. However, the location of the Jeep theft occurred in close proximity to Sheraton Drive. Police believe it is possible that Lohse is the operator of this stolen vehicle.

Lohse is described as a white male, 5'10, 170 with blond or graying hair with hazel eyes. Anyone with information regarding the whereabouts of the stolen vehicle or Lohse is asked to contact their local law enforcement agency or the United States Marshal's office at 337-319-4086 or 337-251-6921.

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Wade Lohse Calls KATC & Post Video While on the Run

The most wanted man in Acadiana, Wade Lohse, is speaking out while on the run.

The US Marshal's Office and the Lafayette Parish Sheriff's Office are still searching for Wade Lohse. Authorities say he's armed and dangerous. Two weeks ago, he walked out of the Lafayette Parish Courthouse just before his trial for vehicular homicide.

Lohse is accused of killing 29-year-old Cacie Barras McGrew, in a car crash on the Youngsville Highway last June. Investigators say, Lohse was drunk at the time of the crash.

Wade Lohse is disputing those claims. He says when he arrived at court nearly two weeks ago; he at first had no intentions of leaving.

"If I stayed at the courthouse, I was going to jail that day no matter what. It was going to be picking a jury or plea bargain and I wasn't anxious to sign it because they were going to take away appeal rights for the vehicular homicide," said Lohse in a phone interview only with KATC.

In the YouTube video posted Sunday, Lohse goes into detail about his three pending charges including: felon in possession of a firearm, burglary and vehicular homicide. He cites constitutional reasons why he believes the charges are unjust.

"If I fought any three of these charges, he was going to give me a life sentence and I'm fighting all three of them because they are wrong."

"Of course he's free to say anything he wants with no cross examination, no questioning, nothing."

District Attorney Mike Harson says Lohse is hiding behind a computer. Lohse wants the DA to look at Cacie Barras McGrew's phone records to see if she was texting or on the phone when the accident happened.

"I was in control, I knew what I was doing. I've been requesting records and I've got nothing. All they talk about is jail time," said Lohse.

District Attorney Mike Harson says, "I implore him to just come on back, put your arguments out and let the judge or jury decide the issue and get it over with."

Lohse says he will come back to Acadiana when he feels like he has all his questions answered. He says his blood alcohol level was .08 and says he wasn't drunk when the crash happened. State law says the legal limit of intoxication is .08. Neither police nor the DA will confirm what his blood alcohol registered, but tell us Lohse was intoxicated.

Cacie Barras McGrew's mother, Cindy Barras, is speaking out to KATC about the YouTube video Wade Lohse posted explaining why he ran out of a Lafayette courtroom two weeks ago before his trial.


"First of all, he didn't show true remorse and the justice system cannot be wrong on all of your wrong doings. If you're so innocent, why did you leave? You had a lawyer there for you. Evidently, you felt like things weren't going to go your way. You're trying to say you're more knowledgeable than the justice system. If you're not such a bad man, why are you on the most wanted list? Own up to your own doings so that our family can put this behind us. What does her not dying on the scene have to do with anything? She has a daughter that will get exposed to this if it doesn't end. Come out of hiding and be a man. I suggest him to read the Bible instead of him studying the justice system so much." -Cindy Barras

Chris Welty
cwelty@katctv.com

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1 year ago

Cacie Barras McGrew's Mom Speaks Out After Lohse Video

Cacie Barras McGrew's mother, Cindy Barras, is speaking out to KATC about the YouTube video Wade Lohse posted explaining why he ran out of a Lafayette courtroom two weeks ago before his trial.

"First of all, he didn't show true remorse and the justice system cannot be wrong on all of your wrong doings. If you're so innocent, why did you leave? You had a lawyer there for you. Evidently, you felt like things weren't going to go your way. You're trying to say you're more knowledgeable than the justice system. If you're not such a bad man, why are you on the most wanted list? Own up to your own doings so that our family can put this behind us. What does her not dying on the scene have to do with anything? She has a daughter that will get exposed to this if it doesn't end. Come out of hiding and be a man. I suggest him to read the Bible instead of him studying the justice system so much."

-Cindy Barras

Tonight at 5 and 6, KATC's Chris Welty will have more on this story and why District Attorney Mike Harson says he isn't backing down.

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1 year ago

Lohse Speaks about Charges, Why He Ran from Court

Wade Lohse has posted a video to YouTube explaining why he ran out of a Lafayette courtroom two weeks ago before his trial. Lohse, who is charged with vehicular homicide in the death of Cacie Barras McGrew, says he was scheduled to stand trial for possession of a firearm by a felon. Lohse also goes into detail about all his pending charges, giving constitutional explanations as to why the charges are unjust. He also claims police "skewed" the details about the fatal crash to "make it look like it was (his) fault." Lohse goes on to accuse police and other officials of trying to "appease the public" by seeking to put him in jail. Lohse also apologizes to Barras McGrew's family for their loss, but he goes on to tell them they "will not turn around and unjustly convict (him) in a public forum . . . and then say it's okay."

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1 year ago

Wade Lohse Considered Most Wanted Man in Acadiana

The US Marshal's Office is joining the Lafayette Parish Sheriff's Department in the search for a man who ran off before his trial for vehicular homicide.

Wade Lohse is on the run and authorities say he's armed and dangerous. Last week, he walked out of the Lafayette Parish Courthouse just before his trial for vehicular homicide.

Lohse is accused of killing 29-year-old Cacie Barras McGrew in a car crash on the Youngsville Highway last June. Toxicology test results show Lohse was drunk at the time of the Crash.

Authorities say Lohse is the most wanted man in Acadiana right now and there is a push to get his face out across America.

The US Marshal's Office is following up on leads but they say Wade Lohse could be anywhere.

"there's a victim in play here who her family needs justice. He has a criminal history that's horrible," said Deputy US Marshal Corey Britt.

Lohse's criminal history dates back 25 years. He was convicted for burglary, carrying a prohibited weapon, aggravated assault on police, weapons violation and carjacking all in New Jersey. Currently, three warrants are out for his arrest.

"He's not being a man. He needs to take responsibility," said Britt.

When Wade Lohse left the courthouse, he said he was going outside to pay the meter. He left moments before his trial and since that day, family and friends of Cacie Barras McGrew have been pleading for Lohse to turn himself in.

"Face the consequences of your actions, Cacie at least deserves that much. You took her life, you took a mother from her child," said Cacie's friend, Jami Maggio.

"People don't want to take responsibility for their actions and then we have to find them. we have to play cat and mouse and hide and go seek, but we're ready to play that game," said Deputy US Marshal Corey Britt.

Deputies are now trying to get Lohse on America's Most Wanted they say at this point, he could be anywhere.

Chris Welty
cwelty@katctv.com

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1 year ago

US Marshal & Lafayette Sheriff's Offices consider Wade Lohse most wanted

The U.S. Marshal's Violent Offender Task Force and the Lafayette Parish Sheriff's Office are teaming up to track down wanted fugitive Wade Lohse. Lohse was set to go on trial in the death of Cacie Barras but walked out of court on Monday, March 25 before his trial began. In June 2012, Lafayette police said Lohse crossed the center line on the Youngsville Hwy. and killed 29-year-old Cacie Barras. Toxicology test results showed he was impaired, according to the Lafayette Police Dept.

"Lohse is considered Lafayette Parish's Most Wanted Fugitive and information leading to his arrest will be confidential and could result in a cash award," Deputy US Marshal Corey Britt said.

The marshal's and sheriff's offices consider Lohse a violent fugitive and say his criminal history dates back 25 years. Besides current charges, including vehicular homicide, felon in possession of a firearm and simple burglary, Lohse has been convicted of multiple other crimes. "Burglary, carrying a prohibited weapon, aggravated assault on police, weapons violation and carjacking all in New Jersey. He has also been convicted for burglary in Pennsylvania, and a felon in possession of a firearm in New Orleans," Britt said. He's been arrested for other crimes but was never convicted for those crimes.

Lohse, 43, is a white male who is 5'11" tall and weighs 210 pounds. Law enforcement officers consider Lohse to be armed and dangerous. If you have information on Lohse's whereabouts, contact the U.S. Marshals Fugitive Task Force at 337-319-4086 or 337-251-6921. All information will remain confidential and a cash award is available for information leading to Lohse's arrest.

To see a copy of the most wanted posted, click here.

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1 year ago

Man wanted for walking out of court; facing charge in Cacie Barras' death

A man set to go on trial for vehicular homicide walked out of court before his trial began. 15th District Judge Kristian Earles has issued a failure to return to court warrant for Wade Lohse, the man accused of killing 29-year-old Cacie Barras of Lafayette.

Lohse, whose trial was supposed to start today, is accused of crossing the center line in June 2012 on the Youngsville Highway and crashing into Barras' vehicle. A few days later, he was later cited for driving on the wrong side of the road and for having an open alcohol container in his vehicle. He was later charged with vehicular homicide after toxicology test results showed he was impaired at the time of the crash, according to the Lafayette Police Dept.

Anyone who knows the whereabouts of Lohse should call 911.

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1 year ago

Toxicology results show man impaired in crash that killed Cacie Barras

A Lafayette man has been charged with Vehicular Homicide in the death of Cacie Barras who died in a crash on June 10. Toxicology tests have been pending for Wade Barrett Lohse, 42, and results show he was impaired at the time of the crash, according to Lafayette Police Cpl. Paul Mouton. Lohse had minor injuries and was cited for having an open container and driving on the wrong side of the road. The crash happened on Youngsville Hwy. when Lohse crossed the centerline and hit Barras' vehicle, according to Lafayette police.

Lohse is in the Lafayette Parish Correctional Facility and his bond is set at $150,000.

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1 year ago

Friends of woman killed in car crash June 9 still waiting for answers

"We just wanna know what happened."

"We just want closure and it's been way too long."

Kimberly Broussard and Kelly Breaux have been anxiously waiting for nearly two months to find out if the accident that killed their friend was caused by an intoxicated driver.

"We don't want them to make a mistake in figuring out whether or not he was intoxicated, we just want answers," says Breaux.

"We just wanna know that if it was him being irresponsible or if it was just an accident," says Broussard.

As days turned into weeks Breaux and Broussard say their frustration grew. So they decided to take matters into their own hands. Sending letters to state lawmakers asking for reform to get toxicology results back quicker.

"So far we have about three meetings set up."

Breaux says she knows of at least four states that have started using saliva testing on the scene of accidents. This allows police to determine more quickly if a driver is intoxicated. Breaux hopes her efforts can help loved ones of other victims find the closure they need.

"We can give her a legacy, give her daughter a legacy and we'll know that her death wasn't in vain."

Cacie Barras McGrew was killed in a car crash June 9 on Youngsville Highway. Police say another driver, Wade Lohse crossed the center line and struck Barras' car head-on. Lohse was treated at the hospital for minor injuries.

It is still unclear why Lohse crossed the line. Police cited him for having an open container and driving on the wrong side of the road. A toxicology report is still pending.

A plate lunch fundraiser for Cacie's daughter Karley will be held August 19 in New Iberia. All the details on this can be found on the Justice for Cacie Barras McGrew Facebook page.

2 years ago

Friends and family want answers in car crash victim's death

"We wanna know why. Her mom wants to know why, her daughter's gonna want to know why."

Casie Barras' friends Lisa Richie and Kellie Breaux wonder why driver Wade Lohse isn't being held responsible for her death.

"There were no real consequences all he had was a slap on the wrist and we wanna know why."

"We cannot charge anyone without the evidence."

Lafayette Police Department spokesperson Paul Mouton says Lohse did submit to a blood test at the hospital, but until those results come back, Lohse is a free man. On June 9th, police say Lohse crossed the center line of Youngsville Highway in the 400 block and crashed head on into Barras' car.

He was treated for minor injuries. Richie and Breaux say his charges should have been stiffer.

"The negligence that was involved by this man it should have warranted an arrest and he shouldn't be free right now to do it again."

"We're at the mercy of the lab," says Mouton.

They've taken to social media. Starting a Facebook page and filing a petition asking Lafayette District Attorney Mike Harson to get Lohse off the streets.

"We've seen a lot of people get arrested for a lot less."

This isn't just for Casie this is for all the sons and daughters that have been lost in these kind of accidents."

A trust fund has been set up for Cacie's five-year-old daughter Karley Rae McGrew.

In addition to the trust fund, friends are also planning to hold a peaceful demonstration for Wade Lohse's upcoming pre-trial on July 10 to raise awareness.

To sign the petition click here.

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2 years ago

Deadly crash on Youngsville Hwy

Cacie L. Barras, 29, of Lafayette, died in a crash Sunday night around 11:24 on Youngsville Hwy. For unknown reasons, the driver of a Jeep Cherokee crossed the centerline and hit Barras' Honda Accord, according to Cpl. Kyle Soriez. The crash happened in the 400 block of Youngsville Hwy., and the driver and passenger in the jeep had non-life threatening injuries. The Lafayette Police Department's Traffic Division is investigating.

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