Sex offender arrested after leading Calif. officials on RV chase

A registered sex offender who led police on an hours-long RV chase while his two kids were on board was arrested in California Thursday.

Stephen Houk, 46, was taken into custody without incident at 4:30 p.m. in Barstow, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Office.

Tuesday’s hot pursuit lasted about 100 miles from Los Angeles to Bakersfield before Houk escaped — prompting the two-day manhunt.

Houk, of Oregon, had a fight with his wife earlier in the day and then took off with his two children, ages 11 months and 3, officials said.

Hours later, the kids were found safe in the motor home, but Houk, who was believed to be armed, was missing. The children were eventually reunited with their mother.

Houk is a convicted sex offender in Oregon where he turned himself into police for a child sex abuse, court records obtained by the Associated Press show.

He served an eight-year prison sentence after he was convicted in a sodomy case involving a 14-year-old girl.

With News Wire Services