23-year-old woman who disappeared after leaving Boston bar found alive
A man has been arrested and charged with kidnapping in the case of Olivia Ambrose, the 23-year-old who went missing over the weekend and was found alive Tuesday.
Police Victor Peña, 38, of Charleston, Mass., was nabbed after police tracked Ambrose to his apartment, mostly via surveillance video.
“Twice Peña was observed engaging Ms. Ambrose on Congress St. to a point where he was physically guiding and holding onto her,” Boston Police Commissioner William Gross told reporters Tuesday.
Ambrose, 23, and Peña were picked up on security cameras along Congress St., which eventually led police to find her in the suspect’s apartment, Gross said.
“It was obvious from the video surveillance that she was not going on willingly,” Gross said at a press conference broadcast online. “She was not in a physical state to possibly acknowledge going along with Mr. Pena.”
Ambrose, who goes by “Liviy,” was being evaluated at a local hospital, Gross said. He emphasized that the investigation is ongoing, “a very active investigation.”
The news comes after police released images of an unidentified man, who she was last seen with in Charlestown.
Surveillance video showed Ambrose walking around with the man at 12:13 a.m. Sunday, the Boston Police Department said. She had been at Hennessy’s Bar near Faneuil Hall, a popular marketplace and tourist spot, earlier in the night.
Ambrose left the bar at 11:04 p.m. Saturday with another man, who police determined was not involved in her disappearance. About 40 minutes later, surveillance video shows her alone when two other men invite her to walk with them, police said. Just after midnight, only she and the man pictured are seen leaving the Bunker Hill Community train station.
Phone records from the night indicated her phone was in the general area of the Bunker Hill Housing Development, according to police.
Her family became worried after she missed an appointment Monday.
“She was supposed to meet with her workmates on Sunday — they had a tentative arrangement — and then she had a doctor's appointment this morning, and she hasn't show up for any of those,” her mother, Heather Ambrose, told WBTS.
Ambrose’s employer, the Boston-based company Toast, called her “a loved and valued member” of the team.