Pixel Tracker

Saturday, March 23 , 2019, 8:28 am | Overcast 50º

 
 
 
 

Lompoc Man Accused Of Kidnapping Ex-Girlfriend During a Carjacking Changes Attorneys

Joseph Hetzel Click to view larger
Joseph Hetzel

The Lompoc man accused of kidnapping his ex-girlfriend and taking her to other states last year has a new attorney.

Joseph Hetzel, 53, appeared before Santa Barbara County Superior Court Judge Patricia Kelly on Wednesday afternoon in Santa Maria for a brief hearing.

Hetzel is charged with kidnapping during the commission of a carjacking and stalking, along with an allegation this would be his second strike under the California Three Strikes Sentencing Law.

He is accused of abducting his ex-girlfriend, Virginia Paris, in Solvang on Sept. 1, 2017, and taking her to Arizona and thenNevada, where they were spotted at different locations.

Paris was released at the Railroad Pass Hotel and Casino in Henderson, Nevada, late on Sept. 4, but Hetzel was not arrested until the following day.

Several months later, he was extradited to Santa Barbara County from Nevada.

Adrian Galvan from the Santa Barbara County Public Defender’s Office took over the case from colleague Adrienne Harbottle.

During the hearing Wednesday, the defense attorney and Deputy District Attorney Anne Nudson agreed to set the case's next court appearance for Aug. 1 when they expect to schedule a date for the preliminary hearing. 

Nudson said Galvan, the new defense attorney, would need time to review the “voluminous discovery” in the case.

Noozhawk North County editor Janene Scully can be reached at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address). Follow Noozhawk on Twitter: @noozhawk, @NoozhawkNews and @NoozhawkBiz. Connect with Noozhawk on Facebook.

Support Noozhawk Today!

Our professional journalists work tirelessly to report on local news so you can be more informed and engaged in your community. This quality, local reporting is free for you to read and share, but it's not free to produce.

You count on us to deliver timely, relevant local news, 24/7. Can we count on you to invest in our newsroom and help secure its future?

We provide special member benefits to show how much we appreciate your support.

Email
I would like give...
Great! You're joining as a Red-Tailed Hawk!
  • Ask
  • Vote
  • Investigate
  • Answer

Noozhawk Asks: What’s Your Question?

Welcome to Noozhawk Asks, a new feature in which you ask the questions, you help decide what Noozhawk investigates, and you work with us to find the answers.

Here’s how it works: You share your questions with us in the nearby box. In some cases, we may work with you to find the answers. In others, we may ask you to vote on your top choices to help us narrow the scope. And we’ll be regularly asking you for your feedback on a specific issue or topic.

We also expect to work together with the reader who asked the winning questions to find the answer together. Noozhawk’s objective is to come at questions from a place of curiosity and openness, and we believe a transparent collaboration is the key to achieve it.

The results of our investigation will be published here in this Noozhawk Asks section. Once or twice a month, we plan to do a review of what was asked and answered.

Thanks for asking!

Click Here to Get Started >

Reader Comments

Noozhawk is no longer accepting reader comments on our articles. Click here for the announcement. Readers are instead invited to submit letters to the editor by emailing them to [email protected]. Please provide your full name and community, as well as contact information for verification purposes only.

Daily Noozhawk

Subscribe to Noozhawk's A.M. Report, our free e-Bulletin sent out every day at 4:15 a.m. with Noozhawk's top stories, hand-picked by the editors.

Sign Up Now >