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"Ice Road Truckers" star Timothy Zickuhr has been arrested on charges of kidnapping and extorting a Las Vegas prostitute named "Snow White."
In a strange set of allegations, Zickuhr is accused of threatening to kill "Snow White" if a Las Vegas police officer didn't bring him $1,000. "Snow White" claims that Zickuhr had punched and threatened to kill her over money he believed the prostitute owed him, reports Las Vegas' KVVU-TV.
Does the slippery slope of stardom lead to "Ice Road Truckers" ransoming "Snow White?"
'Snow White' Allegedly Kidnapped
It may sound like a fractured fairy tale, but Zickuhr has actually been charged with kidnapping "Snow White." In this case, the damsel in distress is a prostitute, but it doesn't make the TV trucker's alleged actions any less illegal.
There are various degrees of kidnapping based on the severity of the conduct, and in Nevada, first degree kidnapping can land a perpetrator in prison for life without the possibility of parole. What distinguishes first degree kidnapping from lesser offenses is that a kidnapped person suffered "substantial bodily harm."
"Snow White" claims Zickuhr punched her in the face, threatened to kill her, and locked her in a closet in his apartment, reports KVVU. Not exactly a princely kiss, but likely enough to qualify as substantial bodily harm if proven.
Extortion Over Sex Money
Zickuhr's arrest report details "Snow White's" story of how she came to be locked in the "Ice Road Trucker" star's closet. According to KVVU, the incident began with an argument over the use of Zickuhr's ATM card to withdraw money for "Snow White's" services. She claimed to withdraw just enough for her services, but Zickuhr claimed she took more than was owed.
The reality TV star is charged with extortion and coercion for threatening to kill "Snow White" unless a Las Vegas officer paid him $1,000. Extortion is commonly known as blackmail, and in Nevada, a suspect can face up to 10 years in prison if found guilty of extortion -- even if the amount requested was only $1,000.
Zickuhr's next court appearance is in May, so he'll have about a month to secure an attorney to put the brakes on this runaway criminal case.