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Truck driver accused of holding woman captive for seven months

Timothy Vafeades
Timothy Vafeades

MOORHEAD, Minn. (KFGO-AM) - An over-the-road truck driver from Salt Lake City has been charged in a bizarre kidnapping case in Moorhead, Minn.

53-year-old Timothy Jay Vafeades is accused of holding a relative against her will and using her as a sex slave. Clay County Attorney Brian Melton says the woman traveled as a prisoner in Vafeades' truck for seven months until he was arrested at a truck scale in Moorhead.

Melton said he wouldn’t let the woman out of his sight. He said the woman was forced to go to the bathroom in a bucket inside Vafeades’ truck. Melton says Vafeades' strange behavior included using an electric grinder to file his victim's teeth because he didn’t like her appearance.

Vafeades was arrested when a state trooper discovered a Florida warrant for his arrest. He's charged locally with kidnapping, false imprisonment and domestic abuse.