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Woman believed kidnapped safe after approaching casino guards

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Joseph Hetzel, left, and Virginia Paris, right  KLAS Joseph Hetzel, left, and Virginia Paris, right KLAS

HENDERSON, Nev. (CBS News)  -- Police say a California woman who authorities believe was kidnapped by her ex-boyfriend has been found at a Las Vegas-area casino-hotel near the Arizona border.

Henderson Officer Rod Pena says security at the Railroad Pass Hotel and Casino reported that Virginia Paris approached guards late Monday and told them she had been abducted.

The 55-year-old woman has been taken to the hospital, but it's unclear if she is injured.

The suspect, 52-year-old Joseph Hetzel, is still at large.

Investigators believe Hetzel kidnapped Paris in Solvang, California, on Friday and drove away in her black Chrysler sedan.

They were seen Sunday near Phoenix, where Paris approached a customer at a coffee shop, saying she was in danger and needed help. Investigators say Hetzel saw the exchange, grabbed Paris and dragged her away.

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