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Suspicious kidnappers made Boston woman pose for selfies, read from the Bible, officials say



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, 2019, at. 16:54 GMT

By Minyvonne Burke

A man suspected of kidnapping a Boston woman who disappeared after leaving a nightclub, forced her to drink alcohol, pose pictures and read from the Bible at Spanish in the three days she was held captive in her apartment, prosecutors said.

Victor Peña, 38, was accused of a suffolk county grand jury last week on a number of kidnappings and 10 counts of aggravated rape for the January disappearance of a 23-year-old woman after she left Hennessy's bar in Boston.

The woman whom NBC News does not name because she says she is a victim of sexual assault was found alive in Peñas Charlestown apartment on January 21, three days after she left. Peña did not plead guilty on Wednesday to accusing him.

The woman told the detectives that Peña only gave her canned pineapple to eat, made her drink large amounts of whiskey and vodka, told her to stand for self-help and get her to read Bible passages, according to court documents obtained by NBC News .

Peña is also accused of repeatedly raping the woman and threatening to kill her if she tried to leave, according to the charges.

"She agreed to none of the actions and filed for fear and his threats," prosecutors said in court documents. "The victim considered ways to escape, including what she could use as a weapon against Peña, but was afraid that any attempt would fail."

Police said surveillance video from the night for the alleged kidnapping shows that Peña leads the woman away after she left the bar. Boston Chief of Police William G. Gross said at a press conference in January that it was "evident from the video surveillance" that the woman did not "willingly" go with Peña.

Peña led her to a metro station and then to a housing development where he lived, police said.

"Let's just say she wasn't in a state, a physical state, to possibly recognize joining Mr. Peña," Gross said.

The authorities stated Peña was involved in the alleged kidnapping after the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority conducted a police investigation and found out that he had been issued a metro card and his description matched those seen in the surveillance video. The authorities also learned that Peña had been accused of joining women at subway stations in the past and had a detention order against him for alleged violence against women, according to legal documents.

William Barabino, Peña's lawyer, denied his client kidnapped and the sexual assault the woman says outside the courtroom Wednesday that Peña suffers from mental problems, according to NBC Boston.

In January, Suffolk County District Attorney's Office said Peña was ordered to undergo a 20-day mental health evaluation. He was later found competent to test.

"He's pretty much like an 11-year-old, 12-year-old boy," Barabino said. "That's who he is."

Peña is being held unsecured pending a hearing next month, a lawyer spokesman for the Suffolk County District said.

"If a court finds that no conditions for release can reasonably secure any person or society, he will be held without a surety pending trial," said the spokesman.


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