Parolee who fled with children in RV chase has OR ties

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Authorities are looking for a paroled sex offender they say led them on a 100-mile chase from Los Angeles in a motor home with his two young children inside before escaping.

The chase made eventually made its way back into Bakersfield and through surface streets.

In Bakersfield, Houk repeatedly exited and re-entered the freeway and at times drove through the city and a busy Walmart parking lot, all with his 3-year-old son and 11-month old daughter in the vehicle, authorities said.

The orchard was cordoned off and searched for several hours, but authorities found no trace of Houk - who is considered by police to be armed and risky, according to a release from Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department press release.

After an extensive search over several hours by CHP, Kern County Sheriff's and Bakersfield Police Department personnel, Suspect Houk was not located and the containment was broken down at approximately 11 p.m. Tuesday.

"Officers had zero visibility", he said.

He was able to create a large cloud of dust with the vehicle which gave the officers pause.

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

"The children kidnapped by suspect Stephen Houk were located unharmed inside the pursuit vehicle shortly after the pursuit came to an end", according to a sheriff's statement.

The crime involved sex with a child under 14 years old but the circumstances were "too egregious to discuss", Los Angeles County sheriff's Capt. Darren Harris told KNBC-TV.

The chase ended in an almond orchard. The RV was a Dolphin 2740, complete with bicycles clamped on the back. He was driving at highway speeds when he was on the freeways.

Officers didn't do that with Houk because of the children in the auto - who turned out to not be strapped in - and reports that Houk had a gun and had threatened the children, Rodriguez said.

'We were treating this with kid gloves because we didn't want to agitate the driver, ' Rodriguez told Bakersfield.com on Wednesday. "Our primary concern was for the safety of the children". The mother of the children reported the domestic violence suspect to deputies.

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