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Manhunt underway for rape suspect from Northern California

December 16, 2011 |  8:47 am

A manhunt is underway for Stephan Clark, a registered sex offender last seen jumping a fence and entering Camp Pendleton to avoid arrest on suspicion of raping a woman a week ago, officials saidA statewide manhunt is underway for a registered sex offender from Northern California last seen jumping a fence and entering Camp Pendleton to avoid arrest on suspicion of raping a woman a week ago, officials said.

Stephen Clark, 45, was spotted Wednesday with a female companion at a rest stop along Interstate 5, but as police closed in to make an arrest, he hopped the fence fringing the base.

A search of the sprawling facility was unsuccessful, officials said.

Clark, convicted of rape and harming a child in Texas a decade ago, is suspected of kidnapping and raping a woman in Contra Costa County. He is considered armed and dangerous and may be been on his way to Mexico in hopes of avoiding arrest, officials said.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Contra Costa County Sheriff's Department at 925-383-4942.

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Photo: Stephen Clark. Credit; Contra Costa County Sheriff's Department

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