Surveillance footage of a Las Vegas wedding chapel released by police shows the moment a woman was allegedly forced into marriage by the man who kidnapped her, Inside Edition reports.
In the footage, Joseph Hetzel, 52, kisses and holds Virginia Paris, 55, tightly. At one point, he puts his arm tightly around the back of her neck.
Paris told Inside Edition she was afraid that Hetzel might kill her, and tried to escape the chapel during the wedding but was blocked by her alleged captor, who had been an acquaintance of hers before the abduction.
According to Paris, she was leaving her job at a California retirement home when a car cut her off. The driver of the car, Hetzel, jumped into her car and ordered her to drive to Las Vegas, she claimed.
“I kept asking him to stop,” she told Inside Edition. “It was just horrible.”
After the wedding, Hetzel and Paris drove to the Railroad Pass Hotel and Casino, at which point Hetzel gave Paris $100 and asked her to check into the hotel for him so he would not appear on surveillance cameras, according to Paris’s account. When Paris walked into the hotel, she asked the clerk to help her and told the clerk that she had been abducted.
When police arrived, Hetzel fled and left a voicemail message with Paris’s daughter, saying that he had taken pills.
“It will soon be over,” he said. “By the time the cops get me, I will be dead.”
Police captured him the next day. He was charged with kidnapping and carjacking.
Hetzel and Paris had been friends months earlier, she claimed, but she stopped contacting him after he became obsessive.
[Image: Henderson Police Department]