California cops hunt paroled sex offender from OR after RV chase

California cops hunt paroled sex offender from OR after RV chase

Stephen Houk, the suspect, has OR ties.

California Highway Patrol advises the pursuit of Stephen Houk that led law enforcement from Los Angeles to Bakersfield ended at an orchard on Merced Avenue and Zerker Road in Bakersfield.

Houk is considered armed and unsafe, and is a registered sex offender following a felony sodomy conviction in Oregon.

The wanted man, identified as Stephen Houk, 46, was believed to be armed, according to a statement from the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department.

Police followed Houk from narrow surface streets in Hollywood more than 100 miles (161 kilometers) north to the agricultural heartland of California.

Los Angeles Police Department personnel assumed command of the pursuit, which was subsequently taken over by the California Highway Patrol when the suspect continued to flee in a motorhome on Interstate 5 going north. "We knew he had his 3-year-old in the vehicle, and his 11-month-old daughter".

They waited until the dust settled and then approached the vehicle with their guns drawn but when they opened the door, only the baby girl and toddler were inside.

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"He got lucky", Rodriguez said. Police were later told that Houk was involved in a possible kidnapping.

Houk has a warrant for his arrest for evading, child abduction, child endangerment and weapons violations, according to the Los Angeles Times.

It appears the family had recently traveled to California from OR but it's unclear whether they were living in the motor home, Harris said.

It remains unclear if Houk's wife will face charges for not turning him in in OR, where he was wanted.

'We were treating this with kid gloves because we didn't want to agitate the driver, ' Rodriguez told Bakersfield.com on Wednesday.

Both children have since been reunited with their mother, and the suspect, believed to be armed and unsafe, remained at large as of 10:30 Wednesday morning.

He pleaded guilty to felony sodomy and prosecutors dropped charges of sex abuse as part of a plea agreement.

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