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Stephen Houk, man behind RV chase set for court appearance

Posted at 7:57 AM, May 30, 2018
and last updated 2018-05-30 11:00:22-04

Stephen Houk, the man behind an RV chase that started in Los Angeles County and ended in Kern County is expected to be in court Wednesday morning.

Houk led law enforcement on a chase in an RV while carrying two children earlier this month. 

Los Angeles County Sheriff's officials later said Houk was captured in an empty rail car in Barstow. They said Houk admitted he was in Bakersfield while authorities were looking for him in an orchard near Shafter.

Officials said after his hours-long pursuit, Houk eventually came to a stop in Kern County when he ran out of gas in his RV.

Authorities said Houk told them after ending up in an orchard he ran for three hours, avoiding the highway until night fall, when he presumed the manhunt had ended. That's when he stopped in Bakersfield and found shelter at a library and a homeless shelter. 

Houk faces multiple felonies, including kidnapping, assault with a deadly weapon, criminal threats, and domestic violence.

He's scheduled to be in an L.A. courtroom at 8:30 Wednesday morning.