Authorities: California woman kidnapped by ex-boyfriend

Joseph Hetzel

Joseph Hetzel Virginia Paris

Police said they tracked Hetzel to Henderson through a vehicle he allegedly stole from Mesquite, Nevada, KLAS reports.

The Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Office believes Hetzel abducted Virginia Paris, also of Lompoc, and took her to Arizona, then Nevada.

Authorities said that Hetzel kidnapped Paris about 7:30 p.m. Friday and that their phones had either run out of battery power or been turned off.

Late Monday night, authorities said, he dropped off the alleged victim, Virginia Paris, 55, at a casino in Henderson and drove off. Paris and Hetzel were last spotted together at a Starbucks in Arizona, when she told a customer she needed help right before Hetzel allegedly forced her back into a vehicle.

The investigator said that the suspected man saw the exchange, dragged her away by grabbed her in his arms.

The first sighting of Hetzel and Paris in Arizona came Sunday morning at a Starbucks in Goodyear. After ordering a drink and giving the name Virginia, Paris told a customer in the coffee shop that she needed help.

Authorities said Paris called her family just before 9 p.m. Monday and said she was coming home.

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Paris had previously obtained a restraining order against Hetzel.

The two were seen the following morning checking out of the Grand Canyon Inn in Valle, Ariz., officials said.

After two hours of the distress call, Paris told the staff that she was kidnapped by her ex-boyfriend Hetzel.

The Sheriff's Office is releasing surveillance photos from the hotel that show Hetzel and Paris during the checkout process.

. The relative who received the call notified law enforcement in Santa Barbara County and Las Vegas.

Police said they tracked him to Henderson through a vehicle that he allegedly stole from Mesquite, Nevada. Officials released surveillance images and circulated a report that Hetzel and Paris may be headed for Las Vegas.

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

"This is a dynamic investigation in its early stages involving an area encompassing three states and multiple jurisdictions".

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