Nevada law enforcement officials are looking for a 25-year-old Lawrence man who led them on a manhunt earlier this week after they discovered three pounds of marijuana in his car.
The Nevada Highway Patrol said a sergeant pulled over a Mitsubishi at about 4 p.m. Tuesday on Interstate 80 east of Reno, Nev. The marijuana was discovered shortly after the sergeant asked Lonnie Scott Schaefer’s permission to search the vehicle, The Associated Press reported.
Schaefer fled toward a nearby river. Authorities launched a manhunt that spanned several hours and included a search helicopter, but Schaefer has not yet been located.
Schaefer is on parole for a 2010 robbery in Lawrence in which he and another man robbed the Wal-Mart at 3300 Iowa St. Schaefer and William O. Patterson were convicted of robbery charges and five others were accused of serving as lookouts in the Dec. 2010 robbery.
In Nov. 2011, a Douglas County judge sentenced Schaefer to 32 months in prison after Schaefer pleaded no contest to robbery, conspiracy to commit robbery, conspiracy to commit aggravated arson and distribution of marijuana. Prosecutors accused him of driving co-defendant William O. Patterson to the scene on Dec. 13.