Crime

Solvang kidnapping victim, suspect spotted in Arizona

Victim asked Starbucks employee for help

GOODYEAR, Ariz. - The victim and suspect in Friday's kidnapping from Solvang were spotted at a coffee shop in Arizona Sunday morning, according to a press release from the Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Office.

At around 7:15 a.m. on Sunday, kidnapping victim Virginia Paris and her suspected kidnapper Joseph Hetzel were seen at a Starbucks on the 1300 block of North Litchfield Road in Goodyear, Ariz.

According to the sheriff's officials, Paris ordered a coffee and gave the employee the name Virginia. 

Paris later went to the bathroom and as she was exiting told a female customer that she needed help.

Hetzel apparently saw the interaction and grabbed Paris, dragged her to the car and kicked her into the vehicle. He then drove off at a high rate of speed.

Paris threw her car registration out of the door as the car took off. It was later recovered by Goodyear police officers.


Hetzel was still driving Paris' black 2015 Chrysler 200 with California plate: 7NGE514.

The vehicle was last seen entering the I-10 Freeway headed towards Phoenix.

The Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office is working closely with the Goodyear Police Department and other Arizona authorities to locate and find Paris and Hetzel.

The Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office is also working with the Federal Bureau of Investigations.


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