Police: Moses Lake man forces woman into marriage trip

December 30, 2013 

— A Moses Lake man has been accused of trying to force his girlfriend into a trip to Las Vegas to get married.

The trip ended last week at a truck stop in Baker City, Ore., when the woman got out of the car near the gasoline pumps, lay down and called for help.

The Baker City Herald (http://bit.ly/1cCEJU6 ) reported Monday that her screams attracted attention, and someone called police.

Baker City Police Chief Wyn Lohner says 23-year-old Virginia Valdez told officers after the arrest Friday that her boyfriend threatened her with a knife, forcing her and their 22-month-old daughter to make the trip. The daughter was released with her mother.

Lohner says 22-year-old Thomas Martin Pfeiffer was charged with kidnapping, coercion and other crimes. His bail set at $155,500.

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