Boston kidnapping suspect was charged in reward card scheme at Twin River

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PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) – The man accused of abducting a woman in Boston and holding her against her will was arrested this summer for allegedly trying to skim player reward points from other patrons at Twin River.

According to a court affidavit reviewed by Target 12, staff at Twin River discovered four altered “Player Reward Cards” inside several video lottery terminals (VLTs) on June 7.

“All the cards were altered in the same manner,” according to the affidavit written by R.I. State Police Detective Andrew Emerson. “They were cut short and with a small hole punched in the corner, with a small black string tied around it, and the cardholder name and account number were scratched off the face of the cards.”

The cards were cut short so they couldn’t be seen when they were put in the VLT, according to the affidavit.

“With the altered card inserted into the machine, any unsuspecting patron playing that machine would be generating rewards points that would be transferred onto the hidden rewards card,” Emerson wrote. “These rewards points are transferred into cash or cash equivalent for goods, services, or additional gameplay within the Twin River Casino.”

Even though the identity of the cardholder was scratched off the cards, casino security was able to get the owner’s information off the magnetic strip, and they all belonged to Victor Pena, 38, of Charlestown.

Pena was identified by a slot attendant that day, and he was approached by security at the casino.

“At which time he stated they belonged to him and he used them to hold the machine on his behalf when he went to the bathroom and he tied the string to them to make sure he could get them out of the machine,” Emerson wrote. 

Pena was kicked out of the casino.

Later, after reviewing video surveillance from inside the casino, detectives found Pena would leave the cards in the machines and would watch “others play on them.”

“A review of Victor Pena’s account profile showed significant VLT play and significant rewards points and ‘comps,’” according to the court document. 

An arrest warrant was issued for Pena’s arrest, charging him with “Casino Game Cheating,” and one count of obtaining money under false pretense. He was arrested by the state police gang unit on July 28, at 2:00 a.m. at his Charlestown apartment and arraigned later that day.

Pena was released on $2,000 surety bail and ordered to stay away from Twin River.

On Tuesday, Pena was arrested by Boston Police for allegedly holding 23-year-old Olivia Ambrose against her will for days.

Ambrose went missing after she left Hennessey’s Bar in Boston around 11 p.m. Saturday with a man who was determined not to be involved with her disappearance.

Video released just an hour before Ambrose was found showed her and two other unknown men, one believed to be Pena. 

Police say Ambrose appears to be in good health but could not comment on her mental state.

Tim White (twhite@wpri.com) is the Target 12 investigative reporter and host of Newsmakers for WPRI 12 and Fox Providence. Follow him on Twitter and on Facebook

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