May 13, 2013 12:36 AM by Alex Labat

Wade Lohse: Back Behind Bars in Lafayette

Once considered the most wanted man in Acadiana, Wade Lohse is back behind bars in the Lafayette Parish jail. He was extradited to Lafayette from Philadelphia late Saturday night, and was re-booked into jail Sunday.

Lohse was on the run for 3 weeks, after walking out of the Lafayette Parish Courthouse, just before his trial for vehicular homicide in late March. Lohse now faces additional charges, including failure to appear in court, burglary, and felon in possession of a firearm. Lohse is also charged with vehicular homicide in the death of Cacie Barras McGrew. His criminal history dates back more than 22 years, and he has been arrested all along the East Coast

After 22 days on the run, Wade Lohse was arrested April 16th, more than 1,000 miles away, by U.S. marshals in Philadelphia. Marshals say he was found in Philadelphia's downtown area near a train station For three weeks, agencies from Texas to Pennsylvania were on the look out for Lohse. A week prior, Lohse's vehicle was found in Salem, Virginia, and that's when marshals say they made the break in the case that eventually would land Lohse back in a Lafayette jail.

U.S. Marshal Corey Britt says, "People don't want to take responsibility for their actions. We've got to go out and find them. We've got to play cat and mouse and hide and go seek."

Britt said back in April, the agency was looking everywhere. But because of his known ties to Philadelphia and New Jersey, they focused some of their resources there. An extradition hearing took place three days later--on April 19th in Philadelphia. Extradition hearings are guaranteed within 72 hours of an arrest.

While on the run, Lohse released a YouTube video saying some of the charges against him were unjust and that he believes police skewed information to make the car accident --which killed Cacie Barras McGrew---look like it was his fault. He is expected in court Tuesday.

Alex Labat



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