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Voices From the Heartland · Jeff Meyer · Wednesday August 1, 2007
19-year-old Steve Wallace, son of 1989 Cup champ Rusty Wallace, reported earlier this week he was mugged outside a convenience store in Broad Ripple by a trio of thugs intent on stealing his watch.
Veteran BSNews Super Sleuth Stu Padasso and intern Jack Sophalotte were immediately dispatched to investigate, and have reported that a shocking arrest has been made in the case.
According to Wallace, he was entering the convenience store when three men made a comment to him about the watch he was wearing. While Wallace was a bit elusive about just exactly what was said, he did indicate that the watch in question was a gift given to him after winning a stock car race last year at Iowa Speedway in Newton, Iowa – a track which his father's company, Rusty Wallace Inc., had recently built.
According to the RWI press release, upon exiting the store, Wallace said the men attacked him, and a scuffle ensued. While no actual eyewitness accounts have been cited, reports say the attackers fled the scene, apparently without the watch in question, leaving the young Wallace with a few cuts and abrasions – but luckily, no worse for the wear.
Actual police reports indicate that Wallace was later contacted by authorities and taken to a parking lot, in hopes of identifying a suspect in the case that had recently been apprehended. Wallace identified the man as his attacker, and the suspect was subsequently arrested and booked in a local jail on a battery charge. However, no explanation was given as to how a group of three attackers suddenly became one man.
Now, BSNews has learned the reason behind the cover-up. While the arrested suspect initially told police his name was Mark Tharpe, his true identity is in fact one Loren Wallace, 11, a distant relative of the victim.
During an exclusive interview from his room at the aptly named Wallace Juvenile Detention Facility (aka, his bedroom), to which the young attacker had been transferred to shortly after his arrest, the young Wallace admitted that jealousy was the motive for the attack.
"That side of the family has everything," said a visibly misty-eyed Loren. "They get all the publicity, all the opportunities. Oh sure, once in a while we distant cousins get invited to a reunion or something, or maybe a fishing trip when they want someone to bait their hooks…but most of the time, we are just forgotten."
"Yeah, I got a bit of attention when they asked me to do a couple of commercials with Mike, who they tell me is a cousin that has been removed three times or something like that. They never did tell me what he had been removed from, but up till then, I never even met the guy before," said Loren. "My mom told me it would be a good thing to do. That maybe some day they could help me in my racing career. That's what this is all about. That was supposed to be MY watch. Mike told me that his brother Rusty would let ME race in Iowa. I've seen that Steve kid race. I know I'm better than him!"
The commercials featuring Loren and Mike Wallace – current driver of the Geico Insurance car in NASCAR's Busch Series, who is actually Loren’s third cousin, once removed – were quite popular amongst the general populace.
"People just have no clue how these people will take advantage of you. Then, when I saw that other kid wearing MY watch, well, I got so mad, I just wanted to ram his head into a wall!"
While it is long established that Mike Wallace is Loren's third cousin, once removed, BSNews reporters Stu Padasso and Jack Sophalotte are still at odds as to what the EXACT relationship is between Steve Wallace and the young Loren. The duo were last seen gesturing wildly at each other at a local bar accompanied by a broad and a bottle of Ripple, arguing over hastily scribbled diagrams of genealogy on cocktail napkins. Anyone with news as to their current whereabouts is asked to contact their local BSNews affiliate.
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Stay off the wall, (tough to do if Loren's around!)
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Are the Wallaces about to be diagnosed with Waltripitis? Everywhere I turn there is a Wallace on TV, and Kenny is intent upon competing with DW for the biggest mouth.
How old is this kid?
I can’t believe the mugger was that little kid on the GEICO commercial. What was he thinking?
Not so surprising. The little saprano was mugging tourist all over new york. This isn’t that far of a stretch.
poor fellow, he has no idea. .. GO LOREN GO
Great article, Jeff! On a serious note, is Loren Wallace a real distant relative of Mike, or is he only a character played by an actor?
Actually, that remains a bit of a mystery.
In all the research I’ve done (Google etc.)They never actually come out and say yes or no.
The Geico racing website has some cool pics of the commercial shoot though.
Long and short of it, I don’t know. I never saw anything that had a definitive answer.
I have to come forward here and now… with the truth, or what we know now is REALLY the truth in this incident.
This is becoming uglier by the moment but from what we’re gathering, the truth runs very deep in this “feud”.
Ok… from what we already know, SOME of what we know is true! Loren Wallace was identified at the scene by his cousin, Steve.
Loren was taken into custody and booked; processed… and released not to his parents’ custody, but rather upon his own recognizance!
From here on, a lot of things have been neatly swept under the rug by many parties involved.
As it stands now, the story is this; The incident DID take place outside a late night store. It was NOT one vicitm and three attackers as first reported then amended to “one” perp!
After an anonymous phone call from one of the famous Wallace brothers wives(Rusty, Kenny, or Mike), Marion County Sheriff’s deputies have begun a new independent investigation aside from the intitial effort of the Indianapolis Police. The case based upon her first hand knowledge of the “plot” has taken new directions.
Essentially, the three Wallace brothers, unbeknownst to Steve Wallace staged the entire incident outside the store… all three of them man-handling Loren into compromising photos now discovered on a security cam a block up the street which after high quality resolution and rework in the Indiana offices of the FBI, show all three brothers, Steve Wallace, and Loren! But, those images have vanished and nobody is talking officially, but “on deep background”, the technician that worked up the images has stated it was Rusty, Kenny, and Mike Wallace!
Why would they “frame” Loren? The answer is simple; Loren has amassed more wins in the past 2 summers than his uncles or cousin Steve combined. Furthermore, there’s one very LARGE victory he wants the trophy for; more about that later!
So, rapidly, the table has switched and Loren is the victim! There ARE three assailants… the brothers Wallace!
Next… from the initial audio tapes of the Indianapolis Police, a high speed chase developed as brothers… along with Steven tried to escape the scene but Loren jumped into a city squad car and pursued them for nearly 30 minutes before… putting them in the wall!
This all sounds far fetched but consider this odd set of “happenings in the 48-72 hours following the original police report.
The sign out sheet the officers use per shift to sign out the cruiser for their shift mysteriously came up missing when a Freedom of Information Act request was filed!
Back-up computer documentation ultimately showed a cruiser, #1A-12 was in service that evening. There is no evidence, suggestion, or proof that the crusier was ever signed back “in” at the end of the shift.
Furthermore, Circle City Towing… the private contractor for the City of Indianapolis, documents they hauled a “wrecked cop car, “1A-12” to Marion County Body and Fender at 4:04 that morning.
My wife’s cousin’s brother-inlaw works at MCBF, and he claims, “No comment” when we called to find out IF the squad car was there!
But… this only gets more twisted as the night evolves!
Steve Wallace is separated from his father and two uncles before the now reported ID of “Loren Wallace” is made.
How do they “get lost” in the shuffle?
Recall the Wallaces are from Missouri… and have deep roots racing there.
One of their most famous other friends, Ken Schrader (also from Missouri) has a problem with credible explanations that ultimately involve Loren Wallace, NASCAR, and history!
Ken Schrader has made a statement that he wasn’t in central Indiana that night and claims to be at a dirt track in Ohio instead! But, on an audio-tape, an unidentified officer is overheard on the background of an open microphone asking, “Is Schrader here yet?”
It’s a little difficult to comprehend that a famous NASCAR driver would go racing at a local dirt track on a weekday night just for grins and giggles!
A close detailed review of the pit area sign in sheet does in fact show his name… along with another name, “Smoke”… does anyone believe any of this? The pit sign-in sheet has to be fictitious!
Furthermore, while being interogated, Loren Wallace at the threat of a rubber hose claimed that he won a NASCAR race!
He claims that 2 summers ago, the video production company making a commercial for The Little Debbie snack cake people needed a stunt driver.
Loren now claims he was used in the stunt footage because he was the only one capable of “hiding” behind the cardboard cut-out of… Ken Schrader!
Eyewitnesses from that filming session say now… that they won’t identify who actually drove the car that day for the footage, but by checking the footage of the video and time of day, which was done live during the race, it can now be determined that Ken Schrader was credited for winning the Busch race that day!
Yet… we all know that is impossible because he was in a convenience store displaying his sponsors’ product!
NASCAR has failed to respond to our multiple emails concerning the events of that day!
But friends… there is a very real possible chance that Loren scored a NASCAR victory that was eventually credited to Kenny Schrader!
The motives are plain; jealousey by the Wallaces and Schrader… NASCAR doesn’t want to change their records to reflect the truth L. Wallace score a victory, and Loren Wallace just wants a little recognition!
Today… I urge everyone to learn a new cause; “Free Loren Wallace”
Recent articles from Jeff Meyer:
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