RV chase: Manhunt continues for domestic violence suspect in motorhome pursuit


The manhunt continues Wednesday for the man who led police on a lengthy chase in an RV with two small children inside.

The pursuit began in the Mid-Wilshire area Tuesday afternoon and wound up all the way near Bakersfield, where the motorhome got stuck in sand in a field.

SWAT officers quickly surrounded the RV. Police were able to rescue the 3-year-old first. A few minutes later, police went inside and found the 11-month-old. A dog that was in the vehicle was found safe as well, authorities said.
Somehow, the suspect, 46-year-old Stephen Houk, got away. The California Highway Patrol is still actively searching him.
Houk was believed to have been involved in a domestic violence incident and had been chased earlier Tuesday by sheriff’s deputies in the Santa Clarita area, until that pursuit was canceled.

Police said Houk is a registered sex offender from Oregon who is on parole for a sex offense. Oregon court records indicate he was convicted of one count of sodomy in 2002.

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