A Texas trucker has been charged with kidnapping after a Missouri woman ran from his semi-truck in St. Paul on Tuesday morning.
According to a criminal complaint filed in Ramsey County District Court, the 23-year-old woman jumped from the trucker's cab and screamed for help, with witnesses reporting seeing the truck driver try to pull her back into the semi cab before fleeing the scene.
The woman told police that she lives in St. Louis. She met the trucker on Plenty of Fish, an online dating site, and agreed to meet with him on Sunday to eat, drink and smoke marijuana.
But the complaint says she woke up Tuesday morning in Minnesota without a clue of how she got there.
The truck driver has been identified as 31-year-old DeMarcus Kenneth Green, of Cedar Hill, Texas. He was apprehended later Tuesday while making a delivery at a glass factory in Shakopee.
The complaint details the moments after the woman woke up in the top bunk of the semi cab, noting that she wasn't wearing underwear and was missing money and pearl earrings. Her cellphone had also been turned off, and Green was videotaping her.
She was able to get her phone and call her sister for help, with her sister telling investigators that she could hear a man in the background making threats: "(Expletive), I will kill you. (Expletive), you going to do what I say you going to do.”
The victim said she never agreed to travel beyond state lines with Green, who disputed her claim and told investigators that she did agree to travel through Missouri, Illinois, Wisconsin and Minnesota with him.
The criminal complaint adds that when Green reached a weigh station off of Interstate 94 in Minnesota, the woman called 911, and review of the 911 audio recording revealed the woman crying and saying she wants "to go home."
She told the 911 operator that a man in an 18-wheeler raped her and took her money.
Green disputed kidnapping and raping her, arguing that she was angry with him for not buying her a bus ticket to return home. He also told police that the woman took one of his medications that causes sleepiness, along with a mood stabilizer and a Tylenol 3.
He said they had consensual sex twice, neither occurrence happening in Minnesota,
Green has been charged in Ramsey County District Court with felony kidnapping-to facilitate felony or flight. If convicted, he faces up to 20 years to prison.