Lawyer in vampire trucker kidnapping case asks judge to throw out evidence
MOORHEAD, Minn. — A lawyer for a Salt Lake City trucker accused of holding a woman prisoner in his semi for six months before being arrested in Moorhead wants evidence in the case thrown out.
Steve Beitelspacher, of the Clay County public defender’s office, said at a hearing Thursday in Clay County District Court he plans to file a motion to suppress evidence on behalf of Timothy Vafeades, 53.
Beitelspacher told Clay County Judge Galen Vaa he will challenge the legality of the stop on Vafeades’ truck by law enforcement, on the grounds they did not have probable cause to do so.
Court documents filed in the kidnapping and false imprisonment case describe the professional trucker as a vampire enthusiast who held the woman captive in a semi he called the Twilight Express.
The woman told a Clay County Sheriff’s Department investigator Vafeades filed her teeth down with a Dremel tool and made her wear dentures, while wearing dentures himself shaped like vampire fangs.
Vafeades’ truck was stopped Nov. 26 at the Moorhead weigh station on Interstate 94.
Court documents say authorities there discovered during a routine check that Vafeades was the subject of a protection order barring him from having contact with the woman who was with him. The woman is his relative.
The woman told the investigator she sought out Vafeades from her home in Florida to build a relationship with him.
He offered her a job with his trucking company. When she traveled to Salt Lake City to join him, she said she woke up one morning and found him performing a sex act on her, after which he told her he wouldn’t let her leave. He kept her captive by forcing her to avoid eye contact with others, and to hold his hand when they went into truck stops, she told the investigator.
She estimated she was hit 20 to 30 times by Vafeades, who once told her he was capable of killing her.
Vafeades was charged Dec. 2 in Clay County with kidnapping and false imprisonment, both felonies, and gross misdemeanor domestic abuse.