Police: Boyfriend forced woman into marriage trip

BAKER CITY, Ore. — A Moses Lake, Wash., 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, laid down and called for help.

The Baker City Herald reported Monday that her screams attracted attention, and someone called police.

Baker City Police Chief Wyn Lohner says Virginia Valdez, 23, 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 Thomas Martin Pfeiffer, 22, was charged with kidnapping, coercion and other crimes. His bail set at $155,500.

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