AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECasino Insider: Here’s a look at San Manuel’s new high limit rooms, Asian restaurant Investigator Chuck Ainsberry of the Sheriff’s Department’s Special Victims Bureau said Pierce could be facing his third strike with these charges, depending on how prosecutors file the case. Ainsberry said Pierce has a history of sex offenses and has spent time in prison on narcotics charges and been arrested on previous assault with a deadly weapon charges. Pierce’s niece had been hospitalized with a broken eye socket and nose, but Ainsberry said there was a chance she would be going home Thursday afternoon. Pierce is accused of trapping his niece Monday afternoon in a bedroom of the Canyon Country apartment he shared with his sister and her daughter since his release from prison Feb. 2, sheriff’s officials said. The child told deputies that Pierce beat her and attempted to remove her pants before he became distracted and she was able to escape through a window and summon help. When deputies arrived, Pierce had fled. Surveillance teams composed of sheriff’s deputies, the Major Crimes Bureau Surveillance Apprehension Team, the U.S. Marshal’s Office and the California Parole Apprehension Team received information that Pierce was staying at the motel in Mission Hills and were able to make the arrest when he returned. Carol Rock, (661) 257-5252 [email protected] 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! SANTA CLARITA – A convicted child molester accused of beating and attempting to rape his 12-year-old niece in her Canyon Country home is behind bars, arrested Thursday morning in Mission Hills. Marcus Fennell Pierce, the subject of a massive manhunt for three days, arrived at 11:45 a.m. at the Hillcrest Inn on Sepulveda Boulevard and was taken into custody by a surveillance team at the motel, said Lt. Larry Gump of the Santa Clarita Valley sheriff’s station. He was booked at the Santa Clarita station, where he is being held without bail on a parole-violation warrant. Arraignment is scheduled for Tuesday morning in San Fernando Superior Court. “He is facing charges of assault with a deadly weapon, assault with intent to commit great bodily harm and sex crimes against a child,” Gump said.