A second woman has said that she, too, was a victim of a Utah-based trucker accused of another woman's kidnapping and rape.
Timothy Jay Vafeades, 54, was arrested in Moorhead in November and charged in connection with the kidnapping of a 19-year-old.
The second woman went to the FBI after seeing news reports of Vafeades’ arrest late last year, saying she had been kidnapped by him in April 2012, according to court documents.
The trucker appeared Wednesday in U.S. District Court in Fargo on federal kidnapping, child pornography and transportation for illegal sex charges filed in Utah, Forum Communications reports.
Vafeades is to be transferred to Utah for further court hearings, the Associated Press reports. He also faces state charges in Minnesota, in addition to the federal counts, the AP notes.
The second woman says that she had agreed to go to dinner with Vafeades after meeting him at a Utah truck stop, but a few minutes into the drive he told her she was going on the road with him. She told investigators that Vafeades terrorized her, threatened her and raped her over four months as they traveled through a number of states, the Deseret News (Utah) reported.
The story she told was similar to one told by the 19-year-old woman rescued Nov. 26 at the Moorhead truck stop on Interstate 94, after an alert trooper noticed a protective order had been issued to keep Vafeades away from her.
Both women told authorities similar facts – that Vafeades cut their hair, filed down their teeth, beat them, threatened them and refused to give them money. They told authorities that Vafeades watched child pornography and wore dentures sharpened into fangs over his real teeth, part of an obsession with vampires. He called his truck the "Twilight Express," a reference to the vampire book and movie series, his victims said.
The second woman also told the FBI that Vafeades forced her to marry him.