A kidnapped woman spotted at a Goodyear Starbucks on Sunday morning and tracked down to a Grand Canyon hotel Monday has been located safely. Her suspect, who was on the run, has also been caught.
According to the Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Office, 55-year-old Virginia Paris made two calls to family members around 9 p.m. Monday saying that she was coming home and was in the Henderson, Nevada area.
Around 11 p.m., officials say Paris was dropped off at the Railroad Pass Casino in Henderson by her kidnapper, 52-year-old Joseph Hetzel. She asked staff for help and was taken to the hospital for treatment. She was cleared and reunited with family in Nevada.
Police officers in Mesquite, Nev., located Hetzel's abandoned vehicle around 2:30 a.m. Tuesday. Come Tuesday around 6 p.m., the man was located and taken into custody in Las Vegas. He faces carjacking and kidnapping charges; his bail is set at $1 million.
Paris was first kidnapped on September 1, sheriff's officials say.
On her way to Vegas, the woman wrote "help" in lipstick at bathrooms whenever they stopped.
Villalba said her mother doesn't remember the entire ordeal, and believes she may have been drugged.
The pair met online about 3 months ago.
Hetzel is the victim's former boyfriend who she had sought a restraining order against. He has served time in prison for possession of items used to make explosive devices, using explosive devices with the intent to terrorize, criminal threats and felony vandalism.