Hunt for city fugitive is suspended in Ga. Something needs to "turn up," authorities say.

October 28, 1991|By Alisa Samuels | Alisa Samuels,Evening Sun Staff BxB

A massive manhunt in Georgia for a 24-year-old Baltimore County man accused of kidnapping and shooting his estranged wife has been suspended until authorities receive better information on his whereabouts, says an agent of the FBI's Atlanta bureau.

"The search has not ended," says the night duty agent.

"It has just been suspended until something turns up."

The object of the search, Wade Morris Lucas Jr., of the 1900 block of Woodlawn Drive in Woodlawn, is believed to be armed with a 9mm Smith & Wesson semiautomatic handgun, authorities say.

Lucas is charged with kidnapping Tara McEntyre last Tuesday in Baltimore and taking her south, authorities say.

McEntyre, 22, of the 2200 block of Braddish Ave. in West Baltimore, was shot and wounded Friday outside a Waffle House restaurant in Greensboro, Ga., when she escaped, authorities say.

Following the shooting, Lucas ran into a nearby woods and has remained at large, despite a massive search by several law enforcement agencies.

McEntyre, an employee of the Baltimore state's attorney's office, was treated at Putnam Hospital in Eatonton, Ga. She was released from the hospital Saturday, a nurse says.

Authorities say they are not releasing McEntyre's whereabouts out of concern for her safety.

About 5 a.m. Friday, authorities say, the couple stopped at the Waffle House, where McEntyre told employees that her life was in danger and asked them to call police.

When officers from the Greene County Sheriff's Department arrived, McEntyre ran to them for safety. Lucas, who had climbed to the roof of the restaurant, shot at her as she jumped into a police car. She was wounded in the left hip, authorities say.

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