Vampire trucker, accused of keeping sex slaves, wanted in Florida

03/17/2014 3:53 PM

03/17/2014 6:59 PM

Timothy Jay Vafeades, the so-called “vampire trucker” who kept sex slaves in a semi-truck he called the Twilight Express while roaming around the country, is wanted in Florida on two counts of domestic battery.

Vafeades, 55, has been in jail since his arrest at a Minnesota weigh station in November. Last week, he appeared in U.S. District Court in Fargo, N.D., and was ordered transferred to Salt Lake City, where he will face charges of kidnapping, transporting across state lines for sex and child pornography.

According to the Salt Lake City arrest warrant, two women known as Victim A and Victim B say Vafeades beat them, kept them locked in his truck and sexually abused them, made them watch child pornography with him, and didn’t allow them to make eye contact with anyone else.

One of the women told federal prosecutors her crooked smile upset Vafeades so much that he shaved her teeth with a Dremel power grinder and chipped them with a knife.

When he ordered her to put a set of false teeth over her own, he did, too — often with a pair of fangs.

The Salt Lake City warrant says Victim B was beaten by Vafeades on July 9, 2012, while they were in Florida. She said he beat her physically across the buttocks, then strangled her until she became unconscious.

The Florida arrest warrant for Vafeades is dated July 26, 2012, in Polk County, which is south of Orlando and just east of Tampa.

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