Lompoc man suspected of Solvang abduction

Joseph Hetzel and Virginia Paris

Santa Barbara County Sheriff deputies suspect a Lompoc man abducted his ex-girlfriend on Friday in Solvang before going on the run, according to deputies.

On Friday afternoon, deputies received a report that Joseph Hetzel, 52, kidnapped his ex-girlfriend, Virginia Paris, 55. Hetzel and Paris headed south from Solvang on Highway 101, and were last seen in Ventura County.

Hetzel is a convicted felon with a criminal history that includes using explosive devices with the intent to terrorize, felony vandalism and criminal threats. He is approximately 6 feet 2 inches tall, 195 pounds, with brown hair and hazel eyes.

The court recently granted Paris a restraining order against Hetzel, but had yet to be served. Deputies describe Paris as 5 feet 6 inches tall, weighing 150 pounds, with brown hair and brown eyes.

Hetzel is likely driving Paris’ black 2015 Chrysler 200 with a California license plate of 7NGE514, deputies said.

Officials are asking anyone with information regarding the whereabouts of either Paris or Hetzel to immediately contact 911, do not approach or contact them. Hetzel has access to firearms and should be considered armed and dangerous.