Ex-reality show trucker sentenced for kidnapping, threats
Feb. 25, 2015
LAS VEGAS (AP) — A man who appeared on season two of the History Channel's reality show "IRT Deadliest Roads" has been sentenced to 5 to 15 years in prison for kidnapping and threatening a prostitute he said owed him money.
Timothy R. Zickuhr was sentenced Tuesday in Las Vegas after pleading guilty to two felony charges of first degree kidnapping and extortionate collection of debt.
A biography for Zickuhr that remains on the History Channel's website for the reality show described him as a loudmouthed driver, "brimming with personality."
The criminal complaint against Zickuhr claimed that in December 2013, he threatened to kill a prostitute if she didn't find a way to pay him $1,000. According to the filing, Zickuhr held the woman hostage, tied her up, poured ice-cold water over her and beat her after he believed she had taken more money than agreed to for sexual services. He had given the prostitute his ATM card to retrieve cash to pay herself.
When Zickuhr asked her to give him the phone number of someone who would pay him what he was owed, the woman instead gave him the number for a Las Vegas police officer she had provided information to in the past, according to the complaint and the officer's report.
After he called the number demanding money and asking to meet behind a casino, police arrived and arrested him.
Zickuhr is expected to be sentenced on an unrelated felony robbery charge on March 9 in Clark County.