MOORHEAD, MN — A vampire obsessed truck driver has been accused of kidnapping a 19-year-old relative and holding her hostage inside his semi for six months.
Timothy Vafeades, 53, owns and operates Twilight Express Trucking out of Utah. Last week he was stopped at a weigh station in Minnesota for a routine check when it was discovered he had some issues with his log book.
While doing a bit more checking, a state trooper found that Vafeades also had a problem stemming from a protection order that barred him from being with the 19-year-old female currently sitting in his truck, sporting a black eye.
When questioned, the girl told investigators Vafeades had kidnapped her and had been holding her captive for the last six months. She said it all started when she made contact with Vafeades with the hopes of building a relationship with him, and helping him run his trucking company. So in May, she left Florida and met him in Salt Lake City.
The first night there, she said she woke up to find Vafeades performing a sex act on her. She told him she did not want to have a sexual relationship with him, but Vafeades said he didn’t give a shit and informed her he was not going to let her leave. This, according to the girl, was the beginning of her six month road trip from hell.
According to court documents, Vafeades took the teen’s driver’s license and social security card before going out on the road to make deliveries. During this time, they slept together on the single bed in the semi cab. Every two to three days, the girls was forced to give Vafeades a full-body massage and have sex with him. To ensure she wouldn’t run off, Vafeades forced her go to the bathroom in a pot in the truck and only let her shower five or six times during her six months being held captive.
If they went inside truck stops together, she had to hold his hand. If he felt she was making eye contact with anyone but him, he would beat her ass when they got back in the truck. She said she’d been hit at least 20 to 30 times by Vafeades, who also told her he was capable of killing her.
Vafeades even went as far as cutting off the girl’s hair and filing down some of her teeth with a Dremel power tool. He also forced her to wear false teeth because he thought her real teeth were too crooked. She said Vafeades was obsessed with vampires, hence the name of his trucking company and the reason why he owned a pair of dentures with two front teeth sharpened into vampire fangs.
Vafeades was arrested and charged with kidnapping, false imprisonment and domestic abuse. The Clay County prosecutor said sexual abuse charges have not been filed because investigators could not find proof she’d been assaulted in their county. His bail was set at $1 million without conditions.
Vafeades is no stranger to the courts. He’s had numerous domestic abuse convictions in the 1980s and 1990s, and was convicted of domestic abuse assault in July 2012.
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