HENDERSON, Nev. — A California man suspected of kidnapping his ex-girlfriend in California was arrested Tuesday night in Henderson, Nevada, reports CBS Las Vegas affiliate KLAS-TV.
Joseph Hetzel, 52, was booked into jail on suspicion of carjacking and kidnapping, The Santa Barbara County (California) Sheriff’s Office said in a news release.
The woman, Virginia Paris, was dropped off by Hetzel at a Las Vegas-area casino-hotel late Monday night, deputies said.
Security officers at the Railroad Pass Hotel and Casino in Henderson reported that Paris, 55, approached them late Monday and told them she had been abducted, Henderson police said.
Paris was treated at a hospital and then reunited with her family. No further details were released about her condition.
Investigators believe Hetzel kidnapped Paris in Solvang, California, and drove away in her black Chrysler sedan. They were seen Sunday near Phoenix, where Paris approached a customer for help at a coffee shop.
Investigators say Hetzel saw the exchange, grabbed Paris and dragged her away. They were seen checking out of a hotel near the Grand Canyon Monday morning.
Authorities released surveillance photos of Hetzel and Paris checking out of the hotel and they appeared to show Paris continuing to be held against her will, KLAs notes.
Police found Paris’ car abandoned in Mesquite, Nevada, early Tuesday.
Police said they tracked Hetzel to Henderson through a car he allegedly stole from Mesquite, Nevada, KLAS reports.
Paris had previously obtained a restraining order against Hetzel. He has served time for crimes related to a domestic incident, deputies cited by KLAS said.
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