A woman was allegedly stabbed and buried alive by her husband before she managed to escape a shallow grave by making air pockets with her nose.
Chae Kyong An, 53, kidnapped his estranged wife Young Sook An, 42, from a residence in the city of Lacey in Washington on Sunday, 16th October.
This is according to an official statement Newsflash obtained from the Lacey Police Department.
Local authorities were dispatched to the residence after receiving a call where “muffled screaming” and the “sounds of a struggle” could be heard, according to the statement.
The statement went on to explain that this occurred while the former couple’s children were away.
The children reportedly stated that their parents were at home before they left.
Officers then discovered a roll of used duct tape in the residence while the garage door to the home had been left open.
The statement adds: “The resident, Young An, has a domestic violence protection order against her estranged husband, Chae An.”
Local authorities went on to post a Missing Persons Alert on social media and sent notifications to cell phones in the area.
This was before a local resident was reportedly woken up after the terrified kidnapping victim began “pounding on their door” around 12:52am, according to the statement.
Young then allegedly told the Lacey city resident that her husband “was trying to kill her”.
Local media reports went on to state that the 42-year-old mother had duct tape wrapped around parts of her body along with evident bruising and dirt in her hair when local authorities were contacted.
Young allegedly told detectives that her estranged husband took her to the woods in his car before stabbing her and throwing her in a shallow grave.
She then stated that she managed to escape death by wiggling her face around in order to create pockets of air in the earth before walking through the woods for 20 – 30 minutes to the closest residence.
The kidnapping victim was then transported to a nearby hospital for treatment, according to the statement.
Her injuries were reported to be non-lethal.
Chae Kyong An was seized by the police on 17th October at 8:02am after a local resident saw his vehicle, which a previous police report had described as a “light blue 2006 Dodge Grand Caravan”, while walking through a trail in the woods.
He is currently being held without bail and has been charged with attempted murder, domestic violence/first-degree assault and kidnapping, according to reports.