California kidnapping suspect arrested

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Joseph Hetzel was taken into custody and faces kidnapping and carjacking charges. (Source: SBCSO) Joseph Hetzel was taken into custody and faces kidnapping and carjacking charges. (Source: SBCSO)
Mug shot of Joseph Hetzel. (Source: Henderson PD) Mug shot of Joseph Hetzel. (Source: Henderson PD)
55-year-old Virginia Paris was found at a casino in Henderson, Nevada. (Source: SBCSO) 55-year-old Virginia Paris was found at a casino in Henderson, Nevada. (Source: SBCSO)
Authorities later located the vehicle Hetzel was allegedly driving, Paris’ vehicle, a 2015 black Chrysler 200 abandoned in Mesquite, Nevada. (Source: SBCSO) Authorities later located the vehicle Hetzel was allegedly driving, Paris’ vehicle, a 2015 black Chrysler 200 abandoned in Mesquite, Nevada. (Source: SBCSO)
The pair checked out of the Grand Canyon Inn in Valle, AZ at 7:30 a.m. Monday. (Source: Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office) The pair checked out of the Grand Canyon Inn in Valle, AZ at 7:30 a.m. Monday. (Source: Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office)
LAS VEGAS (3TV/CBS 5) -

The California man who traveled through Arizona with his kidnapping victim has been arrested in Las Vegas, authorities said.

Joseph Hetzel was taken into custody just before 6 p.m. on Tuesday evening, according to the Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Office.

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Hetzel was booked at the Henderson Detention Center in Nevada on charges of carjacking and kidnapping, SBCSO said. Bail was set at $1 million.

The arrest comes a day after his alleged victim, Virginia Paris, was found at the Railroad Pass Casino in Henderson, Nevada.

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Deputies said Hetzel dropped her off there after she made two calls to a relative just after 9 p.m. on Monday.

She told casino staff that she had been kidnapped and police were called. She was taken to a nearby hospital where she was treated and reunited with her family.

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Authorities later located the vehicle Hetzel was allegedly driving, Paris’ vehicle, a 2015 black Chrysler 200 abandoned in Mesquite, Nevada. 

Investigators said Hetzel, 52, kidnapping 55-year-old Paris last Friday from Solvang, California.

Hertzel and Paris were also spotted twice in Arizona in the past week.

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They were first seen on Sunday morning at a Goodyear Starbucks where Paris told a female customer she needed help, SBCSO said.

On Monday, SBCSO deputies said the two checked out of the Grand Canyon Inn in Valle.

SBCSO said Paris filed for a restraining order which was granted but had yet to be served.

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