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Woman allegedly kidnapped by ex-boyfriend found in Nevada, suspect sought

07 September, 2017, 01:34 | Author: Priscilla Morrison
  • Joseph Hetzel who faces charges of carjacking and kidnapping was arrested around 6 p.m. Tuesday

A man considered armed and risky kidnapped his former girlfriend in California and was spotted in Arizona twice in as many days as he held her against her will, authorities said. After officers made contact and positively identify Hetzel, he was taken into custody and booked into the Henderson Detention Center.

A California man who was on the run for four days after he allegedly kidnapped his ex-girlfriend was arrested outside Las Vegas on Tuesday.

Hetzel kidnapped his former girlfriend Virginia Paris when she left work in Solvang, California, on Friday night and took off in her black Chrysler, the sheriff's office said.

On the morning of September 3, Hetzel and Paris were spotted at a Starbucks in Goodyear, Arizona. Hetzel has previously served time in prison for possession of items used to make explosive devices, using explosive devices with the intent to terrorize, felony vandalism and criminal threats, sheriff's official said.

In the second call, Paris asked for help and stated she was in the Henderson, Nevada area.

Authorities said Paris called her family just before 9 p.m. Monday and said she was coming home. The sheriff's office released surveillance photos of Hetzel and Paris during the checkout process at the hotel, and it indicates that Paris continues to be held against her will.




They were seen Sunday at a Starbucks in the Phoenix suburb of Goodyear, where Paris approached a customer and said she needed help.

Then on Monday, SBCSO deputies said the two checked out of the Grand Canyon Inn in Valle. The relative who received the call notified law enforcement in Santa Barbara County and Las Vegas. Officials released surveillance images and circulated a report that Hetzel and Paris may be headed for Las Vegas.

Police said they tracked him to Henderson through a vehicle that he allegedly stole from Mesquite, Nevada.

Paris was found late Monday night at a casino in Henderson.

Santa Barbara County Sheriff's officials describe the case as a dynamic investigation that is still in its early stages.

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