Criminal Justice News

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Acadiana's Most Wanted Nabbed in Philadelphia

Lafayette, LA – Wade Lohse was arrested this afternoon by the U.S. Marshals’ Eastern Pennsylvania Violent Crimes Fugitive Task Force in downtown Philadelphia at 1:10 p.m. (CST). This arrest concludes an extensive fugitive investigation that began on March 25th when Lohse fled his trial on charges of Vehicular Homicide, Felon in Possession, and Burglary in Lafayette Parish.

The arrest occurred without incident near the Pennsylvania Convention Center in downtown Philadelphia. This fugitive investigation spanned three weeks and included multiple law enforcement offices from Texas to Pennsylvania.

Henry Whitehorn, the United States Marshal for the Western District of Louisiana, said, “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.”

The Western District of Louisiana’s Violent Offender Task Force (VOTF) in Lafayette is a team comprised of full-time law enforcement officers from the Lafayette City Marshals, Iberia Parish Sheriff’s Office, Lafayette Police Department, St. Martin Parish Sheriff’s Office, and Louisiana Probation and Parole. Further, VOTF calls upon part-time TFO’s throughout its eight parish area. In 2012 VOTF in Lafayette closed nearly 400 Warrants, most of which were violent felony offenses. US Marshals Task Forces throughout the United States arrested more than 86,000 state and local fugitives on felony charges

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