TUOLUMNE COUNTY (CBS13) – A Tuolumne County man was arrested last week on suspicion of kidnapping and sex crimes.
On Thursday, the Tuolumne County Sheriff’s Office received a report of a sexual assault. With the help of the person who called the sheriff’s office, deputies were able to track down the victim, a 19-year-old female, using GPS coordinates, according to a sheriff’s department statement. When deputies found the teen, she was still with the suspect, a man identified as Chad Vanhulzen, 45, of Sonora.READ MORE: Northstate University Graduates Excited For First In-Person Ceremony At Golden 1 Center Since Pandemic Began
Based on their preliminary investigation, deputies arrested Vanhulzen on suspicion of felony sex crimes, kidnapping, false imprisonment, and attempting to dissuade a victim from reporting, they say.READ MORE: Newsom: Some State Workers Will Not Return To Downtown Sacramento Offices
Deputies say Vanhulzen reportedly met the victim on a dating website just a few days prior to the incident and just had met in person for the first time the evening before he was arrested.MORE NEWS: Body Of Teen Who Went Missing While Swimming In American River Found
The investigation is ongoing.