California woman found safe in Henderson


A California woman police say was kidnapped by her ex-boyfriend Friday, is now recovering in Las Vegas. Police confirm she was found late Monday night at a Henderson casino.

Officer Rod Pena said 55-year-old Virginia Paris approached security just before 11 p.m. at Railroad Pass Casino and told them she had been kidnapped.  Henderson police officers met Paris at the casino and took her to University Medical Center to be checked out.

Paris’ ex-boyfriend, 52-year-Joseph Hetzel, who is accused of kidnapping her, is still on the run.

Hetzel is described as 6’2″ tall and 195 lbs.  Hetzel has served time in prison for possession of items used to make explosive devices with the intent to terrorize, felony vandalism, and criminal threats.  Hetzel is believed to have access to firearms and should be considered armed and dangerous.

Police say Hetzel took Paris against her will after she left work in the city of Solvang on September 1.  Before her kidnapping, Paris sought a restrainging order against Hetzel.  Hetzel has served time for crimes related to a domestic incident, deputies said.

Sunday morning, Paris and Hetzel were spotted at a coffee shop in Goodyear, Arizona. Paris told another customer that she was in danger and needed help.

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