In a horror movie ordeal, a Denver woman says her ex-boyfriend held her captive for two months in her home while he physically and sexually assaulted her.
The 32-year-old woman broke free two weeks ago and called her brother for help, according to an arrest affidavit obtained by 7NEWS. The victim was taken to a hospital where doctors found she had two broken ribs, a broken nose and visible bruising on her face.
The victim's brother told police that he saw blood stains on her bedroom wall and bedding, along with holes in the walls, "which appeared to have been caused by someone punching the walls," the affidavit said.
Police arrested Eric Bernard Barney Jr., 31, who faces charges of sexual assault causing serious bodily injury, sexual assault, false imprisonment and felony menacing with a real or simulated weapon, according to court records.
Barney has a long history of domestic violence, including prior arrests for kidnapping, assault, sexual assault, menacing and aggravated auto theft, according to court records. In 2005, he was charged with attempted first-degree murder in Broomfield, but prosecutors dropped the charge when Barney pleaded guilty to felony menacing involving a weapon.
Police first began investigating Barney on July 25, when officers were called about a domestic violence victim at Lutheran Medical Center. That's where police said they found the badly beaten woman, who had a broken nose and required stitches for lacerations to her face.
She told officers that after dating Barney for about three months, she broke up with him in early July.
The woman said she later let Barney borrow her car, and when he returned it on July 24, he became angry and upset.
The woman said Barney repeatedly struck her face and arms and tried to strangle her and smother her with a pillow, the affidavit said. When she tried to flee, the woman said Barney threw her to the ground, causing her to strike her head on a metal television stand.
Barney, who is over 6 feet tall and weighs 230 pounds, told the woman if she tried to call 911, "she would be dead before she hung up the phone," that affidavit said.
The woman said she finally was able to call her grandmother, and Barney fled the home before her grandmother arrived.
Police obtained an arrest warrant on July 27 accusing Barney of assault causing serious bodily injury.
Two days later, the woman said, she awoke to find Barney in her home, the affidavit said. She said he had entered using a key, which she did not know he had.
Barney said he wanted to talk to her and apologize, the affidavit said.
But the woman said when she told Barney he couldn't stay in her house, he replied, "I can do whatever I want, and I'm not leaving you, ever."
For the next two months, the victim said Barney held her captive as he brutalized her, the affidavit said.
The victim said Barney constantly threatened her, saying if she did not do as he instructed or called police, he would kill her and her family, the affidavit said.
The victim told police Barney was paranoid and he "would force her to stay in her bedroom unless he gave her permission, including times when she needed to use the restroom," the affidavit said.
Barney warned her that there was a "hit on her head, and he was the only one keeping her alive," the affidavit said. Barney told the woman that "all he would have to do is make one phone call and she and her family would be dead or that he would do it himself," according to the affidavit.
Barney often threatened her with a kitchen knife and would only let her have limited phone calls to her family members that he monitored, the affidavit said.
The victim said Barney would fly into rages, again breaking her nose with a punch, picking her up by her hair, punching her in the head and stomach and kicking her when she was on the ground, the affidavit said.
Woman Tells 7NEWS She Thought She Was Going To Die
The woman spoke with 7NEWS on the condition her name would not be used. She told reporter Marshall Zelinger that she lied to her family for months about what was going on inside the home.
"I honestly thought that my family, my kids and myself were going to be killed at the end," said the woman.
She said she shook all the time and is still afraid something might happen to her.
"It's not just him. There are other people out there. His gang affiliation is out there," said the woman.
She told 7NEWS she was speaking out because she wants to help other women who find themselves in an abusive relation.
"If you think you've found the one and he ever hurts you, you walk away the first time," said the woman.
On Sept. 25, the victim's brother stopped by her house, saw bruising on her face and arms and asked what happened, the affidavit said. The woman said she was afraid to tell him the truth, instead she said that a box had fallen on her in the closet.
Two days later, the woman was supposed to have lunch with her mother. Before her mother arrived, the woman said Barney punched her in the face, warned her to not tell her mother anything and said she'd better return home before he came back, the affidavit said.
But once Barney left, the victim said she decided she had to tell her family what was happening and called her brother, the affidavit said. The brother had their mother pick the victim up and take her to the Denver Police Department.
"I knew if I didn't do something I was going to die," said the woman.
Police arrested Barney Sept. 27 at a Commerce City Walmart. He remained in the Denver County Jail on Monday on $150,000 bond.
The woman said she's lost her home, her car and all her money because of Barney.
"Can you see yourself looking him in the eye in court?" asked Zelinger.
"Yup. That was already a promise I made because I don't want this to happen to anybody," said the woman.
Neighbors said they had no idea what had reportedly been going on.
"That's very scary to know that something like that can happen right on your own block," said Cheryl Garcia, who lives on the same block."You don't know even know that someone is being terrorized like that in their own home by somebody they know, and that's a shame,"
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