A man accused of kidnapping a woman outside a Boston bar told her that they would start a family together while holding her hostage and repeatedly raping her over several days, according to prosecutors.
Victor Pena, 38, pleaded not guilty to charges on Wednesday. He’s being held without bail.
The 23-year-old victim vanished in January after she went to Hennessy’s Bar in Boston with her sister and a group of friends. Pena allegedly took her home for three days where he allegedly threatened to kill her when she tried to leave, according to the Associated Press. Over the duration of those three days in his apartment, Pena allegedly raped the woman repeatedly and fed her only canned pineapple and whiskey, WFXT in Boston reports. He also allegedly forced her to take selfies with him portraying themselves as a happy couple and told her that they would start a family.
"When she tried to get dressed and leave, Pena physically stopped her, told her to be quiet and threatened several times to kill her," court documents obtained by WFXT state. "He said he rescued her on the street, he loved her and they were going to start a family."
Law enforcement found the victim when they burst into Pena's apartment, the Boston Globe reports. She was crying and had a "horrified look on her face,” according to court documents cited by Boston’s WBUR. Pena was restrained by police after he allegedly made it clear he wanted to fight.
Pena’s lawyer, William Barabino, claims the woman went with Pena voluntarily. However, back in January, the Boston Police Department said at a press conference it was “obvious from video surveillance [she] did not go along willingly."
Footage allegedly shows Pena carrying her to his home. The victim claims she doesn’t remember anything after leaving the bar, but she does remember waking up on a bare mattress in Pena’s apartment, according to WXFT.
During Pena’s first court appearance in January, he reportedly sobbed and talked to himself. During that court appearance, a court psychologist testified that Pena sucked his thumb when she talked to him. She said that he claimed to hear voices, said he was forced to snort cocaine in the past and that he appeared to be confused about why he was in the court.
His brother Jose Pena told the Boston Globe earlier this year that his sibling’s mental capacity is equal to that of a child.
“Him kidnapping her, I’m 100 percent sure he didn’t,” he said, claiming his brother explained to him that the victim went to his home willingly to spend the night.
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