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California kidnapping suspect arrested in Henderson

Henderson police arrest man in suspected kidnapping case. 8/05/17 (Henderson Police Department)

The man accused of kidnapping his ex-girlfriend near Santa Barbara was arrested in Henderson.

According to the Henderson Police Department, at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, police received information indicating that the man involved in the California kidnapping case may have returned to the Henderson area.

After following up on leads, police located a stolen motor vehicle taken from Mesquite, Nevada at an establishment located in the 100 block of E. Bruner Avenue near St. Rose Parkway. Further investigation by police led them to contact and identify the suspect as Joseph Hetzel.

Hetzel was arrested and taken into custody without incident at 6 p.m., Tuesday night.

The kidnapping investigation began at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 1, when sheriff’s deputies learned that 55-year-old Virginia Paris had been kidnapped by her ex-boyfriend Joseph Hetzel, shortly after she left work in the city of Solvang. Paris recently sought a restraining order against Hetzel, who has served time for crimes related to a domestic incident.

On Sept. 4, the Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Office learned that Hetzel and Paris were possibly headed for Las Vegas from the Grand Canyon area.

At approximately 7:30 a.m. Monday, the two checked out of the Grand Canyon Inn in Valle, Ariz., where they had spent the night.

The sheriff's office released surveillance photos from the hotel that showed Hetzel and Paris during the checkout process. Information gathered at that time, indicated that Paris was being held against her will and that the two were possibly on their way to Las Vegas.

Police say Virginia Paris called security at the Railroad Pass Hotel and Casino in Henderson and told them she had been kidnapped. Paris was rescued by a security team and Henderson police on Tuesday morning and was taken to UMC.

Joseph Hetzel was transported to the Henderson Detention Center and booked on an original warrant out of Santa Barbara, California.

Anyone with information, in this case, is urged to call the Henderson Police Department at 702-267-4911, 3-1-1, or, to remain anonymous, call Crime Stoppers at 702-385-5555 or visit Crime Stoppers website.

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