Kidnapping suspect Joseph Hetzel and alleged victim Virginia Paris may be in the Las Vegas area after they were spotted checking out of an Arizona inn Monday morning, according to the Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Office.
Surveillance photos obtained by sheriff's investigators appear to show Hetzel and Paris at 7:30 a.m. during the checkout process at the Grand Canyon Inn in Valle, where they are believed to have spent the night.
Deputies believe that Paris continues to be held against her will and that the two are making their way to the Las Vegas area.
The kidnapping investigation began Friday night when sheriff's deputies learned that 55-year-old Paris had allegedly been taken against her will by her ex-boyfriend, 52-year-old Hetzel, shortly after she left work in Solvang.
According to sheriff's officials, Paris recently had sought a restraining order against Hetzel, who has served time for crimes related to a domestic incident.
Hetzel is considered dangerous and may be armed, sheriff's officials said.
They are still believed to be driving in Paris’ black 2015 Chrysler 200 with California license number 7NGE514, according to the Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office.
About 7:15 a.m. Sunday, the pair were spotted at a Starbucks in Goodyear, Arizona, where Paris gave the name "Virginia" when she ordered her coffee drink, investigators said.
She then went to the restroom, and when she came out she told a female customer she needed help.
Hetzel saw their interaction, grabbed Paris and dragged her out of the shop, then kicked her into a vehicle and drove off at a high rate of speed, entering the I-10 freeway eastbound toward Phoenix.
As the vehicle drove away, Paris threw her car registration out the door, and it was recovered by Goodyear police officers.
Local law enforcement leaders are working with the FBI and police in Nevada and Arizona to locate Paris and Hetzel.
The Sheriff’s Office is asking members of the public to call 911 immediately if Hetzel, Paris or the vehicle are spotted.
Anonymous tips can be sent to the sheriff’s tip line at 681-4171 or www.sbsheriff.org/anonymoustips.html.