Denver man Eric Barney on trial for allegedly holding his ex-girlfriend hostage for 2 months

DENVER, Colo. - The Denver man accused of holding his ex-girlfriend hostage for two months in 2011 is on trial.

The 32-year-old woman said Eric Bernard Barney Jr., 32, physically and sexually assaulted her during ordeal.

She eventually broke free 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.

Barney 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.

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 escape, 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.

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