Feds nab fugitive on SEPTA platform

Posted: April 19, 2013

THREE WEEKS AGO, awaiting trial on vehicular-homicide charges, Wade Lohse walked out of a separate trial on gun charges in Lafayette, La., setting off a courtroom drama.

Two weeks after that, while still on the run, Lohse made a shaky conspiracy video in a wooded area, "Blair Witch" style, in which he railed against authorities and the justice system. Then, he posted it to YouTube.

"They're lying to you," he says in the video, referring to the government. "They've been lying to you all along."

About 2 p.m. Tuesday, Lohse's fugitive drama came to a surprise ending - at least for him - when U.S. Marshals nabbed him on a train platform at SEPTA's Market East station.

"He was surprised to see us, and didn't have a whole lot of time to react," said Philadelphia Supervisory Deputy Marshal James Burke.

Given Lohse's violent past, his criminal history and the 11-minute video rant he posted, Burke said, authorities in Louisiana warned Philadelphia authorities to be careful when taking him into custody.

"They said he's always armed, that he's very anti-government and anti-police, and just to use extreme caution when dealing with him," Burke said.

Lohse was not armed when taken into custody, and the arrest went down without incident, Burke said.

Lohse, 43, has contacts in the region, which is how he was traced here, according to Burke.

With a criminal record that dates back 25 years, Lohse is no stranger to the justice system. His previous convictions include carjacking, aggravated assault on police and weapons offenses. One of his convictions is for a 1996 burglary in Lower Merion Township, for which he was sentenced to 1 1/2 to five years in prison, according to court records.

Lohse was being held in Philadelphia while awaiting extradition to Lafayette.

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