Kidnapped Virginia Paris asks for help at Starbucks before bomb-making ex drags her away

UPDATE 9/5/17 – Per a MPofA Facebook reader, Virginia has been released and is safe in Las Vegas.  Virginia Paris, had called security at the Railroad Pass Hotel and Casino in Henderson and told them she had been kidnapped, according to News3LV.  Heizel is on the run.

UPDATE:  They were last seen at the Grand Canyon Inn in Valle on Sunday night.

The police are stating that Virginia Paris, 55, of Lompoc was last seen at a Starbucks in Goodyear, Arizona on Sunday, Sept. 3, 2017, after she had been kidnapped by her ex-boyfriend from a Solvang, California restaurant on Friday, Sept. 1.

On  Sunday, a witness says that Virginia asked for help from a barista at Starbucks when she ordered a coffee drink.  Another account said that Virginia asked for help when she came out of the bathroom.  Joseph Heizel, 52, of Lompoc, her abductor, saw what was going on and grabbed Virginia and dragged her away.  A second witnessed saw Virginia being thrown into the car and as Heizel was walking around the car to get into the car, Virginia tried to get away, but Heizel ran back around to her side of the car and stopped her.  They were both seen driving away heading eastbound on I-10.

Virginia managed to through the car registration out of the car which the police found, giving them the information they are in a 2015 Chrysler 200 with California license plates 7NGE514.

KNXV reports the car was last seen traveling eastbound on Interstate 10 freeway east toward the Phoenix area.

Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Department spokeswoman Kelly Hoover told The Tribune. Hoover also mentioned that the restraining order was granted but not yet served.

Hetzel is 6’2″ tall, weighs about 195 pounds, has brown hair and hazel eyes and was last seen wearing a blue colored shirt.  Paris is  5′ 6″ tall and 150 pounds, with brown hair and brown eyes. She was last seen wearing a light-colored shirt.

Officials believe they could be heading to Las Vegas, Nevada.

Hetzel 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, reports KEYT. Officials believe the man has access to firearms and should be considered armed and dangerous. If seen, he should not be approached or contacted.

Anyone who has seen Paris or the suspect is encouraged to contact 911; several police agencies in California and Arizona are working this case together in hopes that she’ll be located safely. Anonymous tips can be left by calling (805) 681-4171.

 

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