JON PAUL HEINZ
On Thursday February 16, 2012 a 19 year-old female resident of Troy, Missouri left her parents’ house and traveled east on Hwy U in Lincoln County. At around 8:20am, the victim noticed her trunk lid open and pulled over on Summer Haven Drive. As the victim approached the back of her vehicle, a white male subject jumped out of her trunk wearing a bright orange sweat shirt and black ski mask. After a struggle ensued, the suspect forced the victim into the trunk of her 2008 BMW and sped away.
Lincoln County 911 received a call from a witness residing on Summer Haven Lane who was able to provide a description of the vehicle and a partial license plate number. The information was immediately disseminated to all surrounding agencies.
At 8:44am Lincoln County 911 received a call from the Wright City Police Department advising they had the victim and she was safe.
The victim was able to locate a release cord inside the trunk and escaped her captor at a gas station near Interstate 70 and Hwy J in Warren County. Once the victim opened the trunk she ran to another vehicle in the area where a good samaritan drove her to the Wright City Police Department.
Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office Detectives quickly identified a suspect in the case, the victim’s ex-boyfriend Jon Paul Heinz. The victim broke up with Heinz a couple weeks earlier. According to the victim, Heinz’s behavior became erratic after the break-up. On February 8, 2012 the victim reported a similar incident to the St. Charles Community College Department of Public Safety. The victim reported Heinz approached her after she parked her vehicle at the St. Charles County Community College in Cottleville, Missouri. After the victim told Heinz to leave, Heinz forced the victim to the passenger side of the vehicle and drove away in her 2008 BMW. Heinz held the victim in the vehicle against her will for over an hour as he drove around St. Charles County. During that incident, Heinz threatened to kill himself and the victim. That incident concluded when the victim agreed not to tell anyone. The victim later responded to the Lincoln County Justice Center where she filed for and was granted an exparte order of protection against Heinz.
Lincoln County Sheriff's Office Detectives worked diligently throughout the day gathering evidence and following up on leads. Based on all the evidence and information obtained, detectives were able to secure a warrant for the arrest of Jon Paul Heinz. Heinz was charged with Kidnapping and a bond of $50,000 cash only was set by the Honorable Judge Beck.
Detectives were able to contact Heinz on his cell phone. Heinz stated he was in Bloomington, Illinois. Detectives worked with the Bloomington Illinois Police Department, and later that evening officials from that agency informed Lincoln County Detectives they had Heinz in custody. Heinz was driving his Red Mazda Miata at the time of arrest.
Heinz is currently in custody in Illinois waiting extradition to Missouri. The victim’s 2008 BMW was located in the back of a subdivision near Hwy J in Lincoln County.
The victim is currently safe at home with her family