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#CrimeTimeTuesday Investigation by #LASD & Help of Several Law Enforcement Agencies, ends in Prison for Kidnapping Suspect that Lead Police on Motorhome Pursuit

An incident that started last year, ended with a man being sentenced to more than 88 years and four months in state prison for kidnapping his two young children and fleeing from law enforcement in a motorhome.

On Tuesday, May 1, 2018, Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department (LASD) Major Crimes Bureau (MCB) detectives attempted to detain a parolee at large, Suspect Stephen Merle Houk, who was believed to be armed and wanted for evading, child abduction, child endangerment, and weapons violations.

The suspect fled the area in a motorhome and MCB initiated a pursuit. Command of the pursuit was assumed by the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) and then by the California Highway Patrol (CHP). The pursuit came to an end in an Orchard in Bakersfield.

After a two day man hunt with the joint efforts of the US Marshals Service, Kern County Sheriff’s Department, San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department, Barstow Police Department, and the Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railroad (BNSF Railway) Police the suspect was located in a rail yard on the 200 block of North Avenue H, Barstow.

MCB detectives were able to take the suspect into custody without further incident.

Due to the collaborative efforts between many law enforcement agencies spanning several counties the suspect was successfully prosecuted, by the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Child Abduction Section, for failing to register as a sex offender, kidnapping, child abuse, injuring a spouse, child detention, assault with a firearm, criminal threats, fleeing a pursuing peace officer’s motor vehicle, and possession of a firearm by a felon.

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#CrimeTimeTuesday – Man Sentenced to Life for Fatal Shooting of Teenager in Bellflower Suspect Jesus Chavez, 37, was found guilty and sentenced on April 29, 2019, to life in prison without the possibility of parole for killing a teenager during a drive-by shooting on Halloween night four years ago.

17 year-old Sitani Sialeuvea was standing in front of a mobile home park on the 16100 block of Bellflower Boulevard, Bellflower on October, 31, 2015, at approximately 10:45 p.m., when the suspect, Jesus Chavez, drove by in a vehicle and shot at the victim with a shotgun. The victim was struck multiple times and transported to a local hospital, where he succumbed to his injuries. Los Angeles County Homicide Bureau detectives investigated the case and were able to locate the suspect. He was arrested and booked at Lakewood Station for murder.

Deputy District Attorney Steven Schreiner tried the case and the jury found the suspect guilty of one count of first-degree murder with a special circumstance allegation of discharging a firearm from a motor vehicle intentionally at another person outside the vehicle with the intent to inflict death.