A SUSPECTED kidnapper and rapist gave a chilling threat to a 23-year-old woman that made her realize she was being held captive, court records show.
The victim gave haunting testimony on the stand regarding her alleged rape in 42-year-old Victor Pena‘s trial, which began on Monday.
“I didn’t want to die, so I just let him,” the young woman said after detailing how Pena allegedly threatened to kill her.
The victim and the suspect reportedly had an encounter as she was leaving Hennessy’s Pub, located in Boston, Massachusetts.
During her testimony, the woman said that she went to a house party before arriving at the local bar.
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The last thing she remembers is dancing at Hennessy’s before she woke up naked in a stranger’s room, she said in court, according to WBZ TV.
“I tried to get up and get out. A man’s arm came over and stopped me,” the victim said.
The 23-year-old said that Pena threatened to kill her, leading her to comply with his sexual advances.
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Hundreds of sexually explicit pictures of the victim were found on Pena’s phone, prosecutors said, according to WCVB.
Pena told the victim that he saved her from frostbite after rescuing her the night before her alleged capture, she said in court.
After viewing surveillance footage of the area, Boston Police Commissioner William Gross told MassLive: “It’s obvious from the video surveillance that she did not go along willingly.”
CHAOS IN COURT
Pena’s trial began last week but has already been marred by disruptive behavior.
He was removed from the courtroom last Tuesday after disrupting jury selection with an “outburst,” according to WCVB.
Pena was then put in another room in the courthouse, where he could take part in the rest of the proceedings through video link.
However, he then proceeded to strip naked on the video stream once jury selection began again, WCVB reported.
The lewd act was stated to have taken place for an estimated 16 seconds before Pena was seen looking toward the room door.
The court officer appeared in the video before the monitor was turned off, and the jurors-to-be were excused after bearing witness to the lewd act, according to WCVB.
Roldan, who testified via an interpreter, said that he was with Pena when they saw the allegedly drunk victim.
He said he urged Pena to “leave her [the victim] there,” but Pena protested and still reportedly approached and engaged with the woman.
On the stand, Roldan testified that when Pena began kissing the woman, he waited around for a bit and then left the two alone.
Days later, Roldan went to the police. He admitted that he described Pena as a “crazy guy” to detectives, CBS News reported.
Pena has been indicted by a Suffolk County Grand Jury for 10 counts of aggravated rape, and one count of kidnapping.
He has pleaded not guilty to each count.
Court records reportedly showed that Pena has had a minimum of three Boston women file restraining orders against him in the last 15 years.
All three women are alleged past lovers of Pena who describe him as “physically and emotionally abusive,” according to MassLive.
Pena’s family reported a history of his mental illness following his arrest, WCVB stated.
He was, however, deemed fit to stand trial by medical professionals at Bridgewater State Hospital.