The Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office had said earlier that Hetzel kidnapped Paris on Friday after she left work in Solvang, Calif., about 35 miles from Santa Barbara. The two started traveling down Highway 101 in Paris’s black 2015 Chrysler 200 toward the Las Vegas area, leading federal and local authorities on a multistate manhunt.
Early Sunday, Paris and Hetzel, both of Lompoc, Calif., were seen nearly 500 miles away at a Starbucks in Goodyear, Ariz., authorities said.
“She then went to the bathroom and when she came out, she told a female customer in the coffee shop that she needed help,” the sheriff’s office said in a statement. “Hetzel saw this interaction, grabbed her and dragged her out of the shop. He then kicked her into a vehicle and drove off at a high speed.
“As the vehicle drove off, Paris threw her car registration out of the door, and it was recovered by Goodyear police officers.”
On Monday morning, surveillance photos showed Hetzel and Paris checking out of the Grand Canyon Inn in Valle, Ariz., the authorities said at the time.
That night, Paris phoned a family member, saying that she was in Henderson, Nev., outside Las Vegas, and needed help, according to a statement from the Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office.
Just two hours later, authorities said, Hetzel left her at the Railroad Pass Hotel and Casino.
“Paris summoned for help and casino staff contacted the Henderson Police Department,” the sheriff’s office said.
Paris later told police that Hetzel may have been headed to Utah.
She was taken to a hospital for treatment and is now with relatives in the area, police said.
Authorities said Paris was recently granted a restraining order against Hetzel, but it had not yet been served. They added that Hetzel had served time in prison for a crime stemming from a domestic incident.
He also served time for “possession of items used to make explosive devices, using explosive devices with the intent to terrorize, felony vandalism and criminal threats,” according to authorities.
Starting in 2004, another ex-girlfriend reported numerous vandalism incidents in which Hetzel was accused of, among other things, poisoning that ex-girlfriend’s dogs, throwing rocks at her windows and spraying toxic substances on her grass, according to a 2005 article in the Lompoc Record.
Authorities said over the weekend that Hetzel — described as a 6-foot-2, 195-pound man with brown hair and hazel eyes — may have access to firearms and is considered armed and dangerous.
Police found the Chrysler abandoned in Mesquite, near the Arizona border.
This post has been updated.