Sex offender who escaped police after RV pursuit is found hiding in railcar

BARSTOW, Calif. – A convicted sex offender who led California authorities on a pursuit through Los Angeles earlier this week has been captured, the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department said Thursday.

Stephen Houk, 46, a convicted sex offender who authorities previously said was armed, was caught without incident in a rail car in Barstow, roughly 100 miles northeast of Los Angeles, at about 4:30 p.m., Deputy Robinson said.

When he led deputies on a chase Tuesday, he had his two children with him as he fled in a motor home beginning in the Mid-City area of L.A., officials said.

The children, ages 3 years and 11 months old, were rescued when the pursuit ended with Houk running into an almond field and disappearing behind a cloud of dust raised by the RV.

Earlier that same day, Houk's wife had told officers he pointed a revolver at her face and said he had been physically violent with her and the children, according to the Los Angeles Times.

Officials said the 46-year-old was on parole for a sex offense and was wanted for evasion, child abduction, child endangerment and weapons violations. Authorities told the Times that Houk, who is registered as a sex offender in Oregon, had been on the run for two years.

"They made their way from Oregon, through Arizona and had been hanging out in Malibu and the Calabasas area, camping the night before," L.A. County Sheriff's Department Capt. Eddie Hernandez told the Times.

The chase on Tuesday had crossed into North Hollywood before leading into Kern County and finally ending in Shafter. Video of the scene around 6:30 p.m. shows the motor home stopped but Houk was still able to go on the run before being captured on Thursday.