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Alleged Local Shooter, Celebrity Car Thief to Be Charged as an Adult

San Rafael teen Max Wade is accused of a drive-by shooting on Evergreen Ave. as well as a ninja-esque theft of celebrity chef's Guy Fieri's Lamborghini.

Charges were filed in Marin County Superior Court today against a 17-year-old San Rafael teen suspected of the as well as stealing celebrity chef Guy Fieri's $200,000 bright yellow Lamborghini from a San Francisco dealership last year.

Max Wade will be prosecuted as an adult on seven felony charges that also include the attempted murder of two people who were shot at while sitting in a parked vehicle on Evergreen Avenue in Mill Valley on April 13, Marin County Chief Deputy District Attorney Barry Borden said this afternoon.

According to the San Francisco Chronicle, Wade is also accused of being the gunman who fired five shots at 18-year-old Homestead Valley resident Landon Wahlstrom,  and his female friend, a senior at Terra Linda High School in San Rafael, as they sat in Wahlstrom's pickup truck in front of his home on Evergreen Avenue. The girl is not being identified because she is under 18. Both victims sustained cuts from the shattered glass but otherwise escaped injury.

Wahlstrom declined to comment, but his uncle, Randy, said his nephew and the suspect had both attended Redwood High School in Larkspur and liked the same girl, which may have had something to do with the shooting.

Wade also is charged with shooting at an occupied vehicle, burglary of the British Motor Car Distributors Dealership, theft of the 2008 Lamborghini Spyder Gallardo, possession of the stolen Lamborghini and driving the stolen Lamborghini in Marin County, Borden said.

Borden said the prosecution is alleging the two attempted murder charges were committed with premeditation and deliberation and personal use and discharge of a firearm. Wade faces 15 years to life in prison with the possibility of parole on each attempted murder charge, Borden said.

Wade is being held in the Marin County jail on $2 million bail, Borden said. He is scheduled to enter pleas to the charges on May 10.

In the daring Lamborghini heist, the thief rappelled down from the roof of the dealership, entered through a window, then drove away in the car, San Francisco police said.

Surveillance video footage obtained from the Golden Gate Bridge and the Marin County town of Tiburon showed the Lamborghini driving by after the theft, investigators said.

In the vehicle shooting, Landon Wahlstrom, 18, of San Rafael, and a juvenile girl were injured by broken glass when Wade allegedly shot into their parked vehicle in the 100 block of Evergreen Drive around 11:30 a.m. on April 13, the Marin County Sheriff's Office said.

The victims said the gunman, dressed in black clothing and wearing a black helmet, drove up to their vehicle on a dark motorcycle and fired a handgun at them from close range, sheriff's Sgt. Mark Hale said.

Wade was arrested for the shooting around 7 p.m. Saturday in Richmond. Sheriff's investigators found a motorcycle and other items used in the shooting and Fieri's Lamborghini convertible in Wade's storage container at CSI Mini Storage facility at 855 Parr Blvd. in Richmond, Hale said.

--Bay City News Service

Roberto May 03, 2012 at 03:47 PM
Yes, he definitely needs to be tried as an adult. This is outrageous.
mloura August 13, 2012 at 12:40 AM
Why are you trying to make this criminal seem like anything more than that by calling him a "njnja"? That's a term that makes him seem more like a daring adventurer than the low life he is.

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