“Vampire Trucker” appears in Utah court

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A jail booking mug shot of Timothy Vafeades.

SALT LAKE CITY — A man nicknamed the “Vampire Trucker” made his first appearance in a federal courtroom here on kidnapping and sex crimes charges.

Timothy Vafeades is accused of kidnapping two women and taking them to other states where they were repeatedly sexually assaulted. A federal complaint also accuses Vafeades of taking a dremel to the victims’ teeth.

According to charging documents, a 19-year-old girl said she arrived in Salt Lake City on May 17, 2013 to start working for Vafeades on his semi. He sexually assaulted her inside the semi, named “Twilight Express.” When she tried to leave, federal agents wrote, Vafeades beat her until she blacked out.

“Vafeades forced Victim A to stay with him using threats and violence for six months,” FBI Special Agent Elizabeth Green wrote in an affidavit filed with charges.

The complaint said Vafeades drove with the woman across the country, repeatedly beating and raping her. FBI agents wrote that Vafeades kept the woman’s ID, Social Security Card and cell phone SIM card in his wallet.

“Victim A reported that Vafeades did not like her crooked teeth and thought she had an ugly smile,” Green wrote. “Vafeades shaved her teeth with a dremel and chipped her teeth with an exacto knife so she could wear false teeth that he ordered to put over her real teeth. Vafeades had his own set of false teeth with vampire fangs on them.”

The victim told authorities that Vafeades also watched child pornography, FBI agents wrote in charging documents. In November 2013, officers at a weigh station in Clay County, Minnesota, noticed the woman’s bruises and arrested Vafeades for violating a protective order.

After watching news reports about Vafeades, another woman came forward and said she met Vafeades at a truck stop in Salt Lake City in April 2012. She said she met him for dinner, but was kidnapped and driven to Texas, FBI agents wrote.

The woman also claimed she had been held captive for three months, sexually assaulted and beaten.

“Victim B reported that Vafeades tried to change her identity by having her hair cut and colored,” Green wrote. “He also used a dremel to file down one of her teeth. Vafeades took Victim B’s driver’s license and Social Security card. He also forced her to marry him.”

Charging documents say the woman claimed she was Vafeades’ “slave.” The woman escaped in July 2012 when authorities intervened in Florida, the FBI said. Vafeades is facing battery charges in that state.

Court records show Vafeades pleaded not guilty to federal charges of kidnapping, transportation for illegal sexual activity, transportation of child pornography and possession of child pornography. He was appointed a public defense attorney and a federal judge ordered him detained in U.S. Marshal’s custody.

Vafeades is due back in court on June 20.


  • bethany

    Wow, what a winner, I don’t know but I believe these women were probably prostituting themselves around truck stops, I’m not saying they deserve it, nobody would! But women need to be Leary of men, and not be so trusting not all men are out to protect women!

    • Cartman

      So….you’ve got a problem with the police arresting a guy who kidnaps and rapes women?

      We already know you hate Mormons, but your hatred of women is news.

    • Bob

      Trish Ramirez doesn’t believe a word of her own anti-police rants but she likes to see how many chains she can jerk.

      Her comments are a reflection on her view of life in general, and the path down which her personal choices have taken her.

      How sad.

  • Paisley Pomegranate

    It is upsetting to hear about another person being beaten, raped, abused, mistreated etc. within our society. However the mere thought that another judgemental and no feeling adult would then suggest that the victim is now to blame because of their lifestyle is extremely disturbing. It is not for us as humans to make assumptive accusations. For someone to ASSUME they know that these victims were protitutes because of where they were when assaulted is ……well, not significant at all! That is why they are victims! It does not make them less deserving of normal human contact and respect because they choose a different lifestyle then you. Then also to make this story about you and your so called dislike for Mormons. To me, you all sound like judgemental narcissists. This is not about any of you or myself. Why not talk about facts as is known on this case? Or that another could be so brutal?

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