SALEM, VA — A Louisiana fugitive, who has a criminal history spanning 25 years and as many arrests, is now connected to a case out of Virginia.
Wade Lohse has been on the run ever since he abandoned three cases that were to be heard in a Lafayette courtroom on Monday, March 25. The charges included Vehicular Homicide, felony Possession of Firearm by a Felon, and Simple Burglary.
“A vehicle was reported stolen from Basile on the day Lohse fled court,” Cpt. Kip Judice, Lafayette Parish Sheriff’s Office, explained. “There are other things that have tied him to that car and we have confirmed his existence in that vehicle.”
The car Lohse is accused of stealing is a white 2011 Mazda 6. That vehicle was located by the Salem Police Department in Virginia on Thursday, April 11 at roughly 9:00 p.m.
“They [Salem PD] received a call about a suspicious circumstance and responded to that call,” Cpt. Judice noted. “When they got to there, the person was not there, but the car was.”
The Salem Police Department believes Lohse abandoned the stolen vehicle and is now occupying a 1999 white Jepp Grand Cherokee Laredo. It was reported stolen from the 1400 block of Sycamore Drive on Friday, April 12 at 7:00 a.m.
“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,” a spokesperson for the Salem Police Department wrote in a press release. “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 [the location where the abandoned vehicle from Louisiana was found].”
Considering this latest connection and Lohse’s history, investigators believe he could be traveling across the country.
“We know that he’s been in New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Virginia, Florida, and North Carolina,” Cpt. Judice said when listing off locations for Lohse’s prior arrests. “Based on what we know about him, he could end up anywhere in this country.”
Lohse did release a video on YouTube earlier this week explaining his logic for fleeing court. The 11-minute, single-frame video details all of his charges.
“These are all things that can be resolved if he shows up in court,” Cpt. Kip Judice, Lafayette Parish Sheriff’s Office, said about the video released on YouTube. ”They may be valid arguments, but everything he argues needs to be ruled by a judge. It’s not something that can be fought on the Internet.”
Lohse is described as 5’10” tall, 170 lbs, with blond and graying hair, and hazel eyes. If you know anything regarding his whereabouts, call the United States Marshal’s Office at (337) 319-4086 or (337) 251-6921.
Cpt. Judice also noted that a new warrant has been issued for Lohse since missing his court date. On April 2, 2013 he was issued a warrant for Felony Theft.
“The new case that was issued by a deputy is that within the last month he picked up a piece of machinery from a local business with the agreement that he would repair and return it,” Cpt. Judice said. “The customer contacted him and asked him to return it, but he has not done so.”