Legend of Max Wade, Teenage Marin Outlaw, Still Incomplete

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Max Wade, never another like him
Even the mother of the girl he almost killed could wish Max Wade a better end.

"It's a shame he didn't put all that effort into something more positive," said Cindy Dedier yesterday when Wade -- the teenage crook from Marin who at 16 stole a celebrity chef's Lamborghini from a luxury car dealership in San Francisco -- was found guilty for the heist. He was also guilty of the attempted murder of her daughter's boyfriend, who Wade tried to shoot dead while on a motorcycle in Mill Valley in April 2012.

Wade drove the yellow supercar around Marin for a year, becoming a living legend among the wealthy county's privileged teenagers and embarrassing police, who busted him only after teenage lust and a series of mistakes led it to all unravel.

A still untapped wealth of smarts and resources could be locked up forever when Max Wade is sentenced Dec. 17. And yet it's still unclear how he pulled it off -- and who helped him.

Wade, who was born in San Francisco but grew up in Tiburon and in Napa, earned a reputation on the Internet as a spoiled rich kid following his April 2012 arrest and charges. Truth was he wasn't exactly rich -- his parents got by on his dad's income as a car salesman in San Rafael before they split up when he was 12 -- but he may have been spoiled by his surroundings.

He built a reputation in the tony schools as the resident bad boy, manufacturing and selling fake IDs and idolizing the slick criminals in martial arts and action movies. That was after he had to testify in court in Napa against his dad who was acquitted for domestic violence against his mother. His mother took Max on trips to Europe and to the Carribbean, funded by credit cards and by a wealthy Irish real estate investor.

He ran his mouth endlessly about capers and back it all up with stealing Guy Fieri's Lamborghini. And as smart as he was, he set himself up for his own fall by posting photos of the car online and bragging about the theft in text messages to friends.

It was Wade's digital footprint that led Marin Assistant District Attorney Yvette Martinez to win the conviction, as no hard evidence -- no fingerprints and no eyeball witnesses -- connected Wade to either crime.

Cops did discover the car, the motorcycle, and gun used in the shooting, as well as the black leather getup worn by the shooter in a storage locker Wade kept in Richmond. They also found cash, fake IDs, and a police uniform.

But they never found the only possible witness to the British Motorcars burglary of which Max Wade was acquitted.

A janitor on scene at British Motorcars when someone rappelled into a high window and made away with the car was never found by San Francisco police.

And also still at large is the individual who accompanied Max to buy the old Honda he rode in the shooting, as well as the two hamfisted individuals who tried to bust Max out of Juvenile Hall with sledgehammers.

The tale belies belief -- and it could get better. The entire Max Wade story isn't told, and won't be until he tells his own story (he did not testify in his defense). But in the meantime, the narrative is obvious even to his supposed victims -- he could have done so much more.




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westseattlered
westseattlered

put him in a house with the barefoot bandit and you've got an MTV reality series.

whateveryousay
whateveryousay topcommenter

"Supposed victims" Really?  He fired five shots at the couple and luckily missed.  He was convicted of possessing a stolen car, auto theft and attempted murder.

You're right, he could have done so much more.  He could have actually murdered them.

Is it just me or does it seem that the author has a thing for this kid? Why is he romanticizing this little douchapotomous? I bet he might feel differently had this Max Wade idiot-felon fired those shots at him and his lovely.

mattharris4
mattharris4

Max Wade is a scumbag and just about killed two people.  The boys at San Quentin know just how to punish people like this.  He will be begging to go home on the first night as five bubbas show him how things are done in prison.  Unfortunately for Max this scenario will repeat itself night after night until he requests to go into protective custody otherwise known as solitary confinement.  In solitary he will spend 23 hours a day staring at four white walls and be chained like a dog every time he comes out of his cell.  Twenty years of that is enough to drive any man crazy but that is what happens to spoiled brats that try to kill people.

John Lilly
John Lilly

i see him as untreated mental illness

Ariana Vargas
Ariana Vargas

I don't exactly see how this kid could have done so much more- why are you implying he's some sort of genius? It's easy to get by in an age of technology. This is just awful, and as Javier said, if the last name weren't Wade I'm sure there would be a different angle on this. This story is clearly trying to be some cool,slick journalistic piece ,but it's a futile attempt. Sorry, move on.

Cole Joseph
Cole Joseph

no one sees this kid as a legend, they see him as a dumbass. theres nothing cool about trying to kill somebody.

Mary Dynamo
Mary Dynamo

before they knew who the shooter was, reports were saying it was a well executed threat, and that the shooter intended only to scare the targets, not kill them...

Javier Leocadio Colón
Javier Leocadio Colón

If this guy's name was Julio Sanchez... this story wouldn't be glorifying what he did. At the end of the day he was a criminal and he tried to kill someone... SO why the hell is this story full of pity and claiming that this guy was a genius??? The police would have shot him dead if he was a person of color... and this guy drove around for a whole year with a Lamborghini? A little Mexican kid was shot to death by a cop for carrying a plastic gun last week. This story is ridiculous!

Alejandro Durazo
Alejandro Durazo

He brought this on himself. Stop publicizing his "adventures". No one gives a rat's ass.

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