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 at a Moorhead weigh station 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 that he plans to file a motion to suppress evidence on behalf of Timothy Vafeades, 53.
Beitelspacher said law enforcement did not have probable cause to stop Vafeades’ truck.
Vafeades was charged Dec. 2 in Clay County with kidnapping and false imprisonment.
Court documents describe Vafeades as a vampire enthusiast who held the woman captive in a semi he called the Twilight Express. The woman told an 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 discovered 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.