Posted: Apr 5, 2013 6:18 PM by Chris Welty
Updated: Apr 19, 2013 3:46 PM
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.