A Washington woman was stabbed by her husband, taped with duct tape and buried in a shallow grave in the woods before digging herself out and finding help.
Young Sook An, a 42-year-old woman from a Washington suburb about 100 kilometers southwest of Seattle, was abducted by her husband on Sunday afternoon. The couple, who are getting divorced, had an argument about money.
Her husband is said to have told her that he ‘d rather kill her than give her his pension money’.
Chae Kyong An, 53, who does not live with the woman but was due to come by to do laundry, according to the couple’s daughter attacked his wife in the house he shared with her on Sunday, October 16 around 1 p.m.
An followed Young Sook to the bedroom where she had changed and attacked her.
He beat her and taped his wife’s hands behind her back and taped her eyes, thighs, and ankles.
Young Sook was able to call 911 from her Apple Watch and sent an emergency call before being dragged into the garage by her husband and smashing her watch with a hammer.
She was then towed to the garage and put in An’s 2006 Dodge Caravan.
Surveillance images from a neighbor’s house show how the van is parked near the parental home and a little later drives away at high speed.
Young Sook told police she was tied up and taken somewhere in the van where she could hear her husband digging in the sand.
He then stabbed her in the chest and put her in the ground.
The probable cause document states that “a heavy tree” was also placed on her.
“After she was put in the ground, she heard her husband walk around the hole and dirt was put on her,” it continues.
She said her husband told her she was going to die.
Police in Lacey, Washington responded to the woman’s home Sunday afternoon after hearing screams from a woman who sounded “gagged” during a 911 call.
Responding officers found the empty house with traces of disturbances inside.
The garage door had been left open and the door to the house was unlocked.
Neither of the couple’s two children were initially on site.
According to the probable cause report, the house has “a history of domestic violence and violence.”
Chae Kyong An, 53, has been held without bail since Wednesday. He is charged with attempted first-degree murder, first-degree kidnapping and first-degree assault
Young Sook An, 42, was reportedly beaten, duct taped, kidnapped and buried in a shallow grave by her estranged husband, with whom she is in the middle of a divorce
The couple previously shared a house together in the Lacey suburb of Washington, about 100 kilometers southwest of Seattle. An would still come by to do his laundry, according to the couple’s daughter
Surveillance footage from a neighbor’s house shows an 2006 An’s Dodge Caravan entering the garage on Sunday afternoon and then driving away at high speed a moment later.
Young Sook recalled authorities struggling to breathe while she was in the shallow grave, managing to keep dirt off her face by constantly wriggling around.
She estimated that she was in the shallow grave for several hours.
As the day turned to night, Young Sook said she was able to free herself from the duct tape.
When the tape was removed from her eyes, she saw that the van’s window was steaming and a light was burning inside.
She then got up and ran for about 30 minutes until she found a house.
According to court documents, she was found just before 1 a.m. on Monday, October 17, behind the shed in the front yard of a property. Residents called 911.
When the police arrived and identified her as the missing woman, she exclaimed, “My husband is still in the woods somewhere!”
Researchers were later able to locate the shallow grave on the edge of a clearing.
“The hole seemed freshly dug. Outside the hole was a piece of duct tape,” the report said.
Young Sook told police she was put in the van and taken somewhere where she could hear her husband digging in the sand
According to a Thurston County Superior Court file, when Young Sook eventually escaped and called the police, “she still had duct tape around her neck, lower face and ankles.”
“There were also extensive bruises on her legs, arms and head and her clothes and hair were covered in dirt.”
Chae Kyong An is charged with attempted first-degree murder, kidnapping and first-degree assault, although he has not yet been officially charged.
He was placed in county jail on Tuesday and has been held without bail since Wednesday.
Young Sook begged the judge to keep her husband in jail.
According to a statement from Young Sook – issued on her behalf by her lawyer in court – she has requested that he be detained without bail.
“Please no bail. I’m really scared for my life. I just want to emphasize that I am so afraid of him and that he will kill me again when he is free.’
Young Sook’s lawyer asked for her client’s husband to be held without bail, citing the victim’s intense fear that he will try to kill her again
When Young Sook called the police with her Apple Watch, they heard a woman ‘screaming’ who sounded like she had been ‘gagged’