Kidnapping suspect, victim may be heading to Las Vegas, new photos released
Updated as of Tuesday, September 5, 2017 5:45 AM
Update: The Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office has learned that kidnapping suspect Joseph Hetzel and kidnapping victim Virginia Paris are possibly headed to the Las Vegas area. The Sheriff’s Office has released surveillance photos from the Grand Canyon Inn in Valle, Arizona that show Hetzel and Paris during the checkout process. Information gathered from the hotel indicates that Paris continues to be held against her will and that the two were possibly on their way to Las Vegas, Nevada. They are still believed to be driving in Paris’ black 2015 Chrysler 200 with a CA License number of 7NGE514.
GOODYEAR, Ariz. - A woman kidnapped in California Friday was spotted at a Goodyear Starbucks store Sunday before she was forced to leave with her suspected abductor when he heard her asking for help.
According to Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Office, 55-year-old Virginia Paris and her suspected kidnapper, 52-year-old Joseph Hetzel, were seen at the Starbucks at McDowell and Litchfield roads around 7:15 a.m. Sunday.
Paris was reportedly kidnapped by Hetzel, her ex-boyfriend, in Solvang, Calififornia at 7:30 p.m. Friday.
After ordering a coffee drink Paris gave her name as Virginia, and then went to the bathroom. When she came out she asked a customer for help, authorities said.
According to witnesses, Hetzel saw the conversation and dragged Paris out of the coffee shop. Outside, he allegedly kicked her into a car and drove off with her.
Investigators said Paris was able to throw her car registration out of the door as Hetzel sped away. The registration was recovered by Goodyear police officers.
Police are looking for a black 2015 Chrysler 200 with a California license plate of 7NGE514. It was last seen driving east toward Phoenix on Interstate 10.
Paris is a white female, 5-feet, 6-inches tall and 150 pounds with brown hair and brown eyes. She was last seen wearing a light colored shirt.
Hetzel is a white male, 6-feet, 2-inches tall, 195 pounds with hazel eyes and brown hair. He was last seen wearing a light blue collared shirt.
Hetzel is considered armed and dangerous and should not be approached or confronted by the public. Investigators say Hetzel has served time in prison for using explosive devices with the intent to terrorize, possession of items used to make explosive devices, criminal threats and felony vandalism. Anyone with information about the location of Paris or Hetzel should call 911.
An anonymous tip can also be submitted by calling the Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Office at (805) 658-4171 or by visiting the tips website at, http://www.sbsheriff.org/anonymoustips.html.