A Washington State woman is lucky to be alive after using her Apple watch to call 911 when her husband buried her alive. Young An, 42, was allegedly abducted from her home by her estranged husband, Chae Kyong An, 53, on Sunday, October 16. He is said to have stabbed his former spouse before burying her alive in a shallow grave, essentially leaving her for dead, according to the New York Post.
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- The pair are currently going through a divorce. They were not living together and their relationship was over at the time of the abduction. However, the couple’s daughter said that Chae Kyong An was using Young An’s house to do his laundry. They were said to be fighting about money at the time of the attack.
- Young An managed to save herself thanks to her Apple watch. In addition to using the Watch’s emergency call feature, but she also sent an alert to her contacts list after her husband duct-taped her limbs together and removed her from the house. She was lucky to have done so, because Chae Kyong An smashed her Watch with a hammer before they left. She stayed alive in the shallow grave by wriggling around to keep the dirt off her face before eventually digging herself out.
- A Thurston County sheriff’s deputy was shocked when he was called to a home in Lacey. There, he found Young An, who had banged on the door of an unknown home pleading for help “My husband is trying to kill me!” she told the owners, according to NBC News.
- She was in a horrific state. A probable cause document stated that when police met with An, “She 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.” According to the document, Young An was stabbed in the chest before being “drugged and put into the ground.” Next, Chae Kyong An put a heavy tree on top of her after lowering her in a shallow grave. He then put more dirt on top of her and left the scene.
- Young An ran for 30 minutes before finding a house. There, she began frantically knocking just before 1 a.m. She later told police that her husband told her that he would “rather kill her than give her his retirement money.” Police confirmed her story after finding the shallow grave in the nearby woods, along with some of the woman’s hair and duct tape.
- Chae Kyong An went on the run. However, after the Lacey Police Department issued a missing person alert, he was found on a local trail. He’s currently being held without bail and facing charges of first-degree attempted murder, first-degree kidnapping, and first-degree assault.
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