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: Sutter Health Short On Vaccines As Blue Shield Takes Over Distribution
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: CBS13 Investigates Problems With 'My Turn' Vaccine Sign-Up Tool
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: West Sacramento Mom Puts Up 'This Neighborhood Is Full Of Karens' Sign After Neighbors Complain About Noise
The investigation is ongoing.