Tuesday, 18 December, 2018

Sex offender captured after hours long vehicle chase

Stephen Houk caught in Barstow Stephen Houk caught in Barstow
Steven Clarke | 06 May, 2018, 22:11

"On Thursday, May 3 at approximately 4:30 p.m., Suspect Houk was found hiding inside a compartment of an empty rail vehicle where detectives from the Major Crimes Bureau -Fugitive Task Force took him into custody without incident". "I have no doubt we'll catch up with him but we just want to do that before anyone else gets hurt".

Houk is a registered sex offender with the state of OR and now on parole for a sex offense.

Police followed him from narrow surface streets in Hollywood more than 100 miles north to the agricultural heartland of California.

Houk was followed by as much as 1-5 California Highway Patrol automobiles in pursuit of his RV, but didn't near which he might possess a gun with just two kids from the auto or truck.

Describing the situation, Officer Rodriguez said: He got lucky.

Police eventually surrounded the motor home with armored vehicles and patrol cars, guns drawn, waiting for Houk to emerge.

Sex offender captured after hours long vehicle chase

Police then found the baby inside and Houk nowhere in sight.

When the motorhome stopped with its front end under a thick canopy of trees, officers pulled back for safety, Rodriguez said. "All the forces came together and temporarily, they were on his side".

"Suspect Houk was transported to Lancaster Sheriff's Station where he is being held for kidnapping with the use of a firearm, assault with a deadly weapon, criminal threats, domestic violence, child endangerment, and felony evading; totaling 14 felony counts".

Detectives with the Los Angeles County Sheriff Department's Major Crimes Bureau found him about 4:30 p.m. Thursday, the LASD reported late Thursday afternoon. He allegedly pointed a gun at her and threatened to harm the young girl. The California Department of Children and Family Services is taking care of them at this time. "Both children have since been reunited with their mother".

After a two-day manhunt, convicted sex offender, parolee at large and suspected kidnapper Stephen Merle Houk was arrested in Barstow Thursday afternoon, according to authorities.

He pleaded guilty to felony sodomy and also charges of gender abuse dropped.

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