Utah man faces 24 charges in domestic violence case stretched over two years

Jul 29, 2022, 4:39 PM | Updated: 4:41 pm
FILE photo...
FILE photo

BLUFFDALE, Utah — A man has been charged with over 24 crimes including 11 felonies in a domestic violence case where he abused a woman and wouldn’t let her leave the home by herself for over two years.

Police told it was one of the “worst cases of domestic violence they had ever seen.”

The man was identified in charging documents as Troy Anthony Brinar of Bluffdale.

Brinar is being charged after physically and emotionally abusing a woman, even medicating her at times, and not allowing her to leave the house.

The woman reported to officers she had not been “permitted to leave the house without [Brinar] for over two and a half years.”

Brinar is being charged with one count of aggravated kidnapping, two counts of aggravated assault resulting in serious bodily injury, six counts of domestic violence in the presence of a child, two counts of rape, two counts of surreptitious administering of a certain substance, five counts of violation of a protective order, one count of child abuse involving physical injury, two counts of assault causing substantial bodily injury, two counts of criminal mischief, and one count of assault.

Man arrested: didn’t allow woman to leave home for over 2 years police say

The investigation began when a woman came in for surgery on her wrist and told the hospital staff “she was in an abusive situation at home and wanted help leaving.” The woman told a hospital staff member that Brinar had broken her wrist when she defended herself against Brinar’s kick. The information was passed on to police. Hospital staff also noticed Brinar “acted overly
possessive and controlling and was confrontational with hospital staff.”

Shortly after that time, police spoke with family members of the woman hoping to get in contact with her, but both family members said “Brinar was very controlling.” One family member even admitted they hadn’t seen the woman they were related to in over a year.

A family member told police they had visited the home recently and noticed “new holes and damage to the drywall that appeared consistent with an adult human thrown
through the drywall.”

In addition, this family member told police the door had three lock mechanisms and the keyholes were covered with duct tape on the outside, making it difficult to leave.

Police obtained a search warrant and were able to interview the woman alone.

At the home, they found evidence of both the locks and damage within the home.

The woman told police that shortly after she moved in with Brinar in 2019, he confiscated her phone, only allowing her to use it under his supervision.

Brinar also had cameras placed in almost every room of the home to continue to observe her when he left the home.

According to charging documents, on multiple occasions, when the woman  attempted to leave the home to flee from the abusive situation, “Brinar would pull her back into the house, throw her onto the floor, threaten to kill her, or destroy the cell phone.”

Brinar also had full control over all of the woman’s financial accounts and refused to allow her access to her accounts or her debit cards.

She explained at one point Brinar had even driven her car to another town and abandoned it there to prevent her from leaving.

Brinar also forced the woman to take medications that were not prescribed to her, for “continued compliance,” court documents state.

At one point in January 2022, Brinar punched her so hard on her ear that she continues to hear ringing and it causes her pain.

The woman said during a fight about six months ago, she broke her wrist when she blocked Brinar’s kick to her head with her hand. However, she did not get medical attention for over two months.

When police spoke to the surgeon, he told them the injury was a result of trauma and was over two months old. He said “the injury could result in severe pain, arthritis, and
disability, and that the injury is ‘potentially devastating to hand and wrist function.'”

Many incidents of physical and sexual abuse were in the presence of two children in the home.

On one occasion, Brinar became angry with the six-year-old child and beat them with a belt, leaving visible bruising.

Brinar was booked into Salt Lake County Jail and will be held without bail with documents stating he would “pose a significant danger to the victim and her minor children in his case.”

Court documents state Brinar reached out to the woman from jail apologizing and saying he loved her.

KSL 5 TV Live

Top Stories


Taylorsville police at the scene of the fatal shooting. (Taylorsville Police)...
Josh Ellis

Taylorsville police release identities of man, woman killed in possible murder-suicide

Police have identified the man and woman who were found dead with gunshot wounds Wednesday morning and say they are investigating the deaths as a murder-suicide.
16 hours ago
(West Valley City Police Department)...
Madison Swenson

Police seeking info, evidence related to 99-year-old woman’s homicide

Police are asking for those spending time around the Kamas area in the coming months to keep an eye out for evidence in a homicide case involving a 99-year-old woman. 
16 hours ago
(Salt Lake City Police Department)...
Madison Swenson

Man arrested for illegally possessing gun, drugs and stolen truck

A 24-year-old man was arrested overnight for allegedly possessing a gun, drugs, and stolen truck illegally in Salt Lake City.
16 hours ago
Madison Swenson

Man arrested in connection to Draper homicide

A 21-year-old man has been arrested in connection to the murder of 33-year-old Remey Rowland in Draper. 
16 hours ago
One of the vandalized churches in Sandy. (Sandy Police Department)...
Mike Anderson

Several churches vandalized in Sandy and Orem

SANDY, Utah — Police are searching for vandals who hit a number of buildings that belong to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Most of the attacks happened over the same night along the east side of Sandy. The vandals spray-painted messages on the outside of six buildings. “No break-ins. Doesn’t even appear […]
2 days ago
Signs left by abortion-rights supporters line the security fence surrounding The Supreme Court on J...
REBECCA BOONE Associated Press

Medical groups, 20 states weigh in on Idaho abortion lawsuit

Medical groups and states across the U.S. are watching as a legal battle over abortion rights pits the deep-red state of Idaho against the Department of Justice.
2 days ago

Sponsored Articles

tips how to quit smoking...

7 Tips How to Quit Smoking | Quitting Smoking Might be One of the Hardest Things You Ever Do but Here’s Where You Can Start

Quitting smoking cigarettes can be incredibly difficult. Here are 7 tips how to quit smoking to help you on your quitting journey.
Photo: Storyblocks...
Blue Stakes of Utah 811

Blue Stakes of Utah 811: 5 Reasons To Call 811 Before You Dig When Working in Your Yard

Call before you dig. Even at home, you could end up with serious injuries or broken utilities just because you didn't call Blue Stakes of Utah 811.
Days of...
Days of '47 Rodeo

TRIVIA: How well do you know your rodeo? Take this quiz before you go to the Days of ’47!

The Utah Days of ’47 Rodeo presented by Zions Bank is a one-of-a-kind Gold Medal Rodeo being held July 20-23, 25 at 7:30 PM. The Days of ’47 Rodeo How well do you know your rodeo trivia? Take the quiz to test your know-all before heading out to the Days of ’47 Rodeo at the […]
cyber security through multi factor authentication setup...
Les Olson IT

How multi factor authentication setup helps companies stay safe

Multi factor authentication (MFA) setup is an important security measure that every company should implement for their workers. It’s also wise to install it for your personal and home accounts.
Lighting Design

Check out these stunning lamps with stained glass shades

Lamps with stained glass shades are statement pieces that are more than simply aesthetic. They also meet a functional requirement: to light up a room.
Address Bar of internet browser shows internet access...

Utah voters 50+ support increased access to Internet

The AARP surveyed Utah voters aged 50 plus about internet access and if they support the expansion of broadband, especially in rural areas currently lacking it.
Utah man faces 24 charges in domestic violence case stretched over two years