Update: The suspect has been arrested. CrimeOnline will have more details, stay tuned.
A California woman who was allegedly kidnapped by her ex-boyfriend Friday was reportedly found safe near Las Vegas late Monday.
According to the Associated Press, Virginia Paris, 55, approached guards at Railroad Pass Hotel and Casino in Henderson, Nevada, and informed them she had been abducted. Paris was transported to a hospital but it’s currently unknown if she was injured during the harrowing ordeal.
The Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office said the suspect, Joseph Hetzel, 52, is still at large, according to KTLA.
As CrimeOnline previously reported, investigators believe Hetzel kidnapped Paris in Solvang, California, on Friday and drove off with her 2015 Chrysler 200. On Sunday morning, the pair were spotted at a Starbucks in Goodyear, Arizona. Hetzel allegedly yanked Paris out the restaurant after she asked a customer for help.
As the suspect tossed her in the car and sped away from the Starbucks, Paris managed to toss her car registration out the vehicle. The documents were later recovered by responding officers.
Paris is believed to have recently requested a restraining order against Hetzel. Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Department spokeswoman Kelly Hoover told The Tribune that the order was granted but not yet served.
Authorities said that Hetzel served time on multiple charges including possession of items used to make explosive devices, using explosive devices with the intent to terrorize, felony vandalism, and criminal threats. Many of those charges involved another ex-girlfriend he terrorized—poisoning her dog and vandalizing her home on several instances, according to the Lompoc Record.
It is unclear whether Hetzel is still driving Paris’s 2015 Chrysler 200 with California license plates 7NGE514. Authorities advised against confronting Hetzel as they believe he is armed and dangerous.
Hetzel is described as a white male, approximately 6 foot 2 and 195 pounds, with brown hair and hazel eyes. He was last seen wearing a light blue shirt.
Anyone with information about Hetzel’s whereabouts is urged to call 911. Those who wish to leave an anonymous tip are instructed to call 805-681-4171 or go to Sbsheriff.org/anonymoustips.html.
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