L.A. County Sheriff | Press Conference: Fugitive Sex Offender Parolee Arrested in Barstow
The following information is from the Los Angeles County Sheriff Department’s Public Information Office
After a two day manhunt for the suspect, with Major Crimes Bureau detectives following leads through multiple counties, suspect Houk was located in a rail yard located on the 200 Block of North Avenue H, in the city of Barstow. On Thursday, May 3rd, 2018 at approximately 4:30 PM, Suspect Houk was found hiding inside a compartment of an empty rail car (photos attached) where detectives from the Major Crimes Bureau -Fugitive Task Force took him into custody without incident.
Suspect Houk was transported to Lancaster Sheriff’s Station where he is being held for kidnapping with the use of a firearm, assault with a deadly weapon, criminal threats, domestic violence, child endangerment, and felony evading; totaling 14 felony counts. His bail was set at $1 million dollars. Captain Eddie Hernandez commented that Suspect Houk’s potential sentence, if convicted on all counts, could be up to 75 years in prison.
The successful capture of suspect Houk was a collaborative effort between many law enforcement agencies spanning several counties. Sheriff Jim McDonnell thanked the Major Crimes Bureau detectives within the LASD, the US Marshal’s Service, the Kern County Sheriff’s Department, San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department, California Highway Patrol, Los Angeles Police Department, Burlington Northern Santa Fe Police Department, and the news media for their continued efforts in keeping dangerous criminals off the streets.
“The jurisdictional lines are an impediment if you let them be, but if you have the partnerships and you work well with other agencies, as we saw in this case, they are not an impediment and we were very effective in our ability to be able to track this individual and take him into custody”, said Sheriff Jim McDonnell.
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