Kidnap Victim Was Found With 'Horrified Look on Her Face'

Suspect ordered to undergo 20-day evaluation
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 24, 2019 2:31 AM CST
Kidnap Victim Was Found With 'Horrified Look on Her Face'
Victor Pena, center, appears at the Charlestown Division of the Boston Municipal Court in Charlestown, Mass., Wednesday, Jan. 23, 2019.   (Aram Boghosian/The Boston Globe via AP, Pool)

Victor Pena, the Boston man accused of kidnapping Olivia Ambrose and holding her against her will for several days, was ordered to undergo a 20-day mental health evaluation at a state mental hospital after behaving strangely during a court appearance Wednesday. A court clinician who carried out a preliminary evaluation said the 38-year-old, who was seen crying and muttering in the courtroom, "does not appear to know why he is in court today," reports. The clinician said Pena had reported symptoms of psychosis, including hearing voices, though she admitted that he might be exaggerating them, WCVB reports.

Court documents state that Pena and another man were captured on surveillance video watching the 23-year-old Ambrose stagger across a street after leaving a bar Saturday night and starting to follow her, ABC reports. The last known ping from her phone helped police find Pena's apartment on Tuesday. Court documents state that Pena opened the door as officers, who had knocked for 20 minutes, began to dismantle the locks. "The detectives could see the victim standing next to Pena crying with a horrified look on her face," the documents state. He "violently resisted" arrest, and Ambrose told detectives that "she was being held against her will" and that he had taken her phone and refused to let her leave the apartment, the documents state. (More kidnapping stories.)

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