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‘Ice Road Truckers’ star kidnapped Las Vegas prostitute, police say

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Timothy Zickuhr

A reality TV star who braved treacherous terrain on the History Channel's "Ice Road Truckers: Deadliest Roads" is accused of kidnapping a Las Vegas prostitute in December, according to an arrest report released today.

A criminal complaint charges Timothy Zickuhr with first-degree kidnapping, extortion and coercion related to the Dec. 19 incident. A preliminary hearing in Las Vegas Justice Court is scheduled for May 6, according to court records.

The Metro Police arrest report outlines the following details that led to Zickuhr's arrest behind the Eureka casino:

Zickuhr lured a prostitute known as "Snow White" to his apartment, 2565 Lynwood St., and held her there against her will because he believed she owed him $1,000.

An undercover officer learned of the situation when Zickuhr called him from the victim's phone and demanded money. Zickuhr told the officer he would kill the woman if he didn't comply.

The undercover officer had given the victim — whom he considered a "citizen source" — his cellphone number and encouraged her to call if she was ever in danger. When Zickuhr instructed the victim to give her a phone number of someone who could pay, she gave him the officer's number with the hope that he could locate her.

And that's what ultimately happened.

During the first phone call, Zickuhr handed the phone to the victim who screamed for help. The officer recognized the woman's voice.

Zickuhr then made two other phone calls to the officer — demanding money and then ordering him to meet behind the Eureka casino, near Sahara Avenue and Sherwood Street.

Meanwhile, Zickuhr's neighbors heard a woman screaming for help and called the police, so he forced the victim to jump out a second-floor window onto a carport to avoid police detection. From there, the pair walked to the Eureka, where the undercover officer and his partner were waiting to make the arrest.

Police noted the woman had injuries on her face and arms, as well as lacerations on her wrists. The victim told officers that Zickuhr tied her up with backpack straps, shoved her in a closet and poured cold water over her.

After he was taken into custody, Zickuhr "immediately admitted that he made a mistake" while trying to obtain the money he believed the woman took from him, the report states.

Zickuhr went on to say he had planned to place the woman on Craigslist and prostitute her for his financial benefit.

Detectives arrested Zickuhr and transported him to the Clark County Detention Center. Court records indicate Zickuhr posted bail in early January.

Zickuhr appeared in the 2010 season of "Ice Road Truckers: Deadliest Roads." This is how Zickuhr described himself in a video biography posted on the History Channel's website:

"I'm kind of an outlaw," he said. "I make up my own rules as I go. I don't like to be told what to do."

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