Kidnapped Bride Taken to Vegas to Tie the Knot in Forced Marriage

You’ve heard of a shotgun wedding, right? Well, what about a “my boyfriend kidnapped me at knifepoint and took me to Vegas to force my hand” wedding? Virginia Valdez unfortunately has, and now her (presumably ex-) boyfriend is being held on kidnapping charges.

Thomas Martin Pfeiffer was arrested for several charges, including kidnapping, fourth-degree assault, and unlawful use of a weapon. The 22-year-old allegedly forced his 23-year-old girlfriend and their 22-month-old daughter into his car by threatening her with a knife.


He told her they were headed to Las Vegas to make their union official. They stopped once overnight on the 30-hour road trip from their Washington home, but Valdez said she felt too secluded to try to escape.

The next morning, she waited until they had to stop for gas, and at the Baker Truck Corral in Baker City, Oregon, she got out, lay on the ground, and started screaming for help. Good girl!

The cops came, they arrested the baby daddy, and set his bail at $155,500. If convicted, he faces up to five years and 10 months in jail.

Note to dudes everywhere -- marriages that start out at knifepoint rarely last. Try flowers or jewelry next time.

Please tell me your proposal story is way better than this?


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