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Suspect dropped off kidnapped woman at Henderson hotel

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Kidnapping victim Virginia Paris, left, and suspect Joseph Hetzel are shown in these undated photos (Santa Barbara Police). Kidnapping victim Virginia Paris, left, and suspect Joseph Hetzel are shown in these undated photos (Santa Barbara Police).
Police released this surveillance image of suspect Joseph Hetzel's car; a black 2015 Chrysler 200 with Ca. licence plate 7NGE514 (Santa Barbara Police). Police released this surveillance image of suspect Joseph Hetzel's car; a black 2015 Chrysler 200 with Ca. licence plate 7NGE514 (Santa Barbara Police).
HENDERSON, NV (FOX5) -

Authorities confirmed a woman who was kidnapped by a man in California was found in a Henderson hotel Monday night.

According to the FBI, just before 9 p.m. on Monday Virginia Paris placed two calls to a family member. During the first call, she said she was coming home and during the second call she asked for help and told them where she was in Henderson. The family member notified the Santa Barbara County Public Dispatch Center and Las Vegas Metro police.

By 11 p.m., the suspect Joseph Hetzel, 52, dropped Paris off in front of Railroad Pass Hotel and Casino in Henderson and drove away. Paris then asked security at the property for help and staff contacted Henderson police. When officers arrived, Paris told police that Hetzel may be on his way to Utah. Police then transported Paris to a local hospital where she was treated, medically cleared and reunited with family.  

Santa Barbara's Sheriff Office released an alert concerning her kidnapping on Friday evening at 7:30 p.m. in Solvang, Ca. Hetzel allegedly kidnapped his estranged ex-girlfriend, Paris, according to police. Paris is a resident of Lompoc, Ca. 

"He's very dangerous," Paris' daughter Melissa Villalba said. She told FOX5 the pair recently dated for about three months before Hetzel became aggressive. 

"He started coming to her work and harassing her," Villalba said. 

According to police, the pair drove southbound on Highway 101 towards Ventura then to the Camarillo area. After alerting authorities in Arizona and Nevada, police learned that Hetzel and Paris checked out of the Grand Canyon Inn in Valle, AZ early Monday morning, according to reports.

Information disseminated by police indicates that Paris is being held against her will and that the pair were likely headed to Las Vegas. 

"We just want her home," Villalba said. 

Santa Barbara police confirmed that Paris had recently filed for a restraining order against Hetzel, although the order was not yet served to Hetzel. 

Henderson police confirmed on Monday morning that Hetzel remained at-large. 

Police added that Hetzel has previously served time in prison for crimes including possession of items used to make explosive devices, using explosive devices with the intent to terrorize, felony vandalism, criminal threats and a domestic incident.

He is considered armed and dangerous. Police are asking the public not to approach the suspect. Instead, contact authorities. 

Hetzel is described as a white male adult, 52-years-old, approximately 6’02/195lbs, with brown hair and hazel eyes. He was last seen wearing a light blue colored shirt

Hetzel was believed to be driving a black 2015 Chrysler 200 with California license plate 7NGE514, police said. By 2:30 a.m. Tuesday, Mesquite police found the vehicle abandoned in the 300 block of Emmarene Street in Mesquite. 

Hetzel has not been captured. Police are asking the public for any information leading to his location. There is a warrant out for his arrest. 

"We just want to get the word out until we get her home safe," Villalba said.

Contact the LVMPD at 702-828-3111 or call 9-1-1 to report any information regarding this case. The Santa Barbara Sheriff's office is also accepting tips at 805-681-4171.

Stay with FOX5 for updates on this developing story. 

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