911 call reveals terror felt by alleged hostage

- You can hear the distress in her voice when the woman calls 911.

"I have bruises from where he tied me up and I think I have an egg under my eye from where he hit me," she told the operator.

She just escaped from her boyfriend, Isidro Espina-Aquino. For more than two weeks, he tied her up and held her captive in her Sarasota home, deputies with the Sarasota County Sheriff's Office said. 

"We had the police out here three weeks ago he threatened my life. I went and got a restraining order," the victim tells the 911 operator.

Deputies said Espina-Aquino wanted her to change her story about what led up to a restraining order. He planned to stay with her until the next court date.

"I can hear him yelling right now. He's out in the back yard," the victim said.

The 911 call lasts about seven minutes and, by the time the victim hangs up, Espina-Aquino leaves.

"This story is incredibly sad," President and CEO of Safe Place and Rape Crisis Center, Jessica Hayes said.

She said this is a story SPARCC in Sarasota sees all too often.

"We want to shift the accountability back on the perpetrator as much as we can," Hayes explained. "Ultimately if someone is desperate, if someone wants to cause harm they are going to take great lengths."

That's why Hayes recommends victims make a safety plan so if something unexpected happens they know who to call and what steps to follow.

"We would always recommend people do additional safety planning, document any contact that does occur and then report back so that the injunction can be enforced and they can continue to hold that abuser accountable for their actions," said Hayes.

For more information or help, visit: https://www.sparcc.net/ or call the 24 Hour Crisis Hotline at (941)-365-1976. 

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