A scared homeowner remembers the sight of a very ragged woman with duct tape still wrapped on her body banging on their front door. The woman who’d just survived an attempted murder screamed for help, “My husband is trying to kill me!”
That woman was Young An from Washington, who was stabbed and buried alive by her estranged husband just hours ago.
A distress call was made and picked up by a Thurston County sheriff’s deputy at around 1 am Monday. He immediately headed out to the house in Lacey and found the woman who, according to the document cited by NBC News, “had duct tape still wrapped around her neck, lower face, and ankles.”
“There was extensive bruising to her legs, arms, and head, and her clothing and hair were covered in dirt,” it added.
Young An was attacked by her husband, Chae Kyong An, on Sunday afternoon after he let him in to discuss their divorce and finances. A fight broke up in her home, and it led to the man’s anger, who dragged her to the garage after she was duct-taped.
Young An said she managed to call 911 with her Apple Watch and notified her emergency contacts when she was duct-taped in her bedroom and left alone.
But before they left the house, he broke her watch with her hammer and drove off. Young An has domestic violence protection against her estranged husband.
She recalled hearing the man digging the dirt before she stabbed in the chest. The document detailed, “She was drugged and put into the ground. … A heavy tree was put on top of her. After being put into the ground, she could hear her husband walking around the hole and dirt being put on top of her.”
She spent several hours underground and managed to survive by squirming through the freshly dug soil to keep breathing.
After she had managed to tear off the duct tape, she dug out and ran to find a house for half an hour. She survived the horrifying night, which was possibly caused by the man’s unwillingness to split the money. She quoted that he would “rather kill her than give her his retirement money.”