THURSTON COUNTY, WA – A woman was brutally stabbed, kidnapped, and then buried alive in Thurston County, Washington. The suspect in the case, the woman’s estranged husband, is now behind bars facing attempted murder charges.
By all accounts, Young An should be dead. After all, her estranged husband, Chae An, allegedly stabbed her in the chest and buried her alive and left her for dead. But by some miracle, Young was able to escape and live to tell the tale.
Young’s plight started on October 16th when Chae came to the house the two had shared to do a load of laundry. Chae had apparently been doing this routinely after a restraining order that had been in place was rescinded.
A Washington state woman who was allegedly buried alive in the woods this week by her estranged husband managed to escape to safety from the shallow grave, authorities say. https://t.co/st5FG5fDoB
— NBC News (@NBCNews) October 23, 2022
At some point, Chae became enraged and attacked Young who was able to call 911 on her Apple watch for help.
A dispatcher for the agency, the Lacey Police Department, noted that they never heard anything said during the call, but could hear what seemed to be “muffled screaming and sounds of a struggle.” The Lacey Police Department reported:
“There was just constant screaming, and it was unknown if it was medical or not.”
After the screams and sounds of struggle were heard, the line went silent.
Young would later report that she had been able to call 911 on the watch after Chae allegedly bound her hands with duct tape, however, once he realized she had the watch on, he smashed the watch with a hammer.
Officers with the Lacey Police Department responded to the home and found the garage door open and the house empty.
While at the home, children of the estranged couple arrived on the scene and confirmed that both Young and Chae had been at the residence roughly thirty minutes prior to police arrival. A family friend also arrived and reported she had received an “emergency text notification” from Young’s phone.
#YoungAn was kidnapped, stabbed, bound with duct tape and buried alive by her estranged husband, according to investigators. She escaped, with help from her Apple Watch. #truecrime https://t.co/kRk44CDdpW
— Michael Ruiz (@mikerreports) October 21, 2022
Lacey Police reported finding duct tape at the scene which elevated their concern for Young’s safety. Because of the concern, police issued an endangered missing person’s bulletin which was sent to all state law enforcement and cell phones in the area.
Police worked diligently to find Young and Chae but did not get any break in the case until the early morning hours of the 21st. It was then that Young had emerged from her shallow grave in Thurston County and was begging area residents for help.
When deputies arrived at the scene, Young ran as fast as she could to them begging them for help, claiming that Chae had tried to kill her. According to the probable cause affidavit:
“When Young realized the deputy was law enforcement, she sprinted at them, screaming and crying for help. She grabbed onto the deputy frantically and said, ‘My husband is trying to kill me. Help me.’”
Deputies noted that Young had several injuries and reported the bruising over her body was “extensive.” They also reported that her body was covered in dirt and duct tape was visible around her neck. Additionally, they reported she had been stabbed multiple times in her chest.
When Young spoke to the deputy, she alleged that Chae had beaten and stabbed her. Chae bound her arms and drove her to the remote location where he dug a shallow grave.
Police say a woman in Washington State was buried alive by her husband and managed to dig herself out from her own grave https://t.co/kLY7ZBHHIO
— Not the Bee (@Not_the_Bee) October 21, 2022
When the grave had been dug, Chae allegedly put Young into the grave and covered her with dirt and then a tree on top of the grave in an apparent attempt to prevent her from escaping. After he left the scene, Young was able to claw her way out of her grave and run for help.
Deputies reported finding the grave and located a broken Apple watch, duct tape, and hair which seemingly belonged to Young. Young told deputies that Chae was still in the woods, and they began their search for him as she was transported to a nearby hospital for treatment.
Around sunrise, deputies received a call from a hiker who reported seeing Chae’s car parked in the area. Police responded in and located Chae who they took into custody. Chae was charged with attempted first-degree murder, first-degree domestic violence, kidnapping, and first-degree domestic violence assault.
Chae is currently being held in the Thurston County Jail without bond. His arraignment is scheduled for November 1st.
Police experts: ‘Toxic trio’ of ‘anti-police rhetoric, rogue prosecutors and defund the police movement’ to blame for rise in murders
UNITED STATES – Newly released Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) crime statistics show that homicides increased in 2021, despite the fact that 2020 was a record-high year.
Not everyone likes to live in Democrat run cities with skyrocketing crime….where law enforcement is pissed on and practically doesn’t exist.#DemocratsAreTheProblem pic.twitter.com/LZJ3BwCQ04
— Albert (@transcargoaa) October 14, 2022
Other violent crimes have increased as well, including rape and vehicle thefts, which have risen more than 20 percent since 2019. Murder is up nearly 40 percent since 2019; this is the most significant increase since crime statistics of this kind have been tracked.
After the release of the data, some law enforcement groups and police experts believe that the rise in violent crime is due to a “toxic trio,” including anti-police rhetoric, rogue prosecutors, and the “defund the police” movement.
Jason Johnson, president of Law Enforcement Legal Defense Fund, said in a statement:
“Defaming and defunding police has cops running for exits, as violence surges and we need them now more than ever. This should be a wake-up call.”
“This report confirms there are two inextricably like public safety crises happening. Crime, especially murder, has risen precipitously since the summer of 2020 while law enforcement has been demoralized, debilitated, and in some cases defunded. Homicides are up almost 40 percent since 2019, while most large police departments are hemorrhaging officers.”
Get out of democrat run cities and states. They care more about the criminals than the victims.
Video shows 3 gunmen firing dozens of shots in murder of 19-year-oldhttps://t.co/x9Qxs4Ld9T
— Common Sense (@whisty111) October 15, 2022
With elections looming in several states, recent polling shows that crime is a top issue for voters. An ABC News/Washington Post poll released in September showed that 69 percent named crime as a “highly important” issue.
Crime was rated more important than abortion, immigration or climate change. According to the poll, voters favor Republicans’ handling of crime by 14 points.
Cully Stimson, a former prosecutor and legal expert at the Heritage Foundation, said that “this narrative that crime rose as a result of the pandemic is just baloney.” He added:
“It’s important to put this in the bigger context. The last crime spike in our country ended 1992, 93 and since then we have had a 30-year serious decline in violent crimes and crime in general. And because incarceration always trails behind crime rates, either rising or falling, incarceration rates have been dropping dramatically since 2007, 2008.”
Stimson pointed to a recent shift fueled largely by discouraging police and empowering “rogue prosecutors” who are much more lax, often refusing to prosecute entire categories of crimes. He added:
And every major city that has elected a Soros bought-and-paid for rogue prosecutor, crime has exploded. And not coincidentally, those cities are often the same cities … are also ‘defund the police’ cities.”
He then pointed to the “toxic trio.” He said:
“So what I’ve called this is the toxic trio of rogue prosector, defund the police and demoralize the police because in some instances they don’t defund police, they only threaten to defund the police or discredit the police.
And when city officials or public officials don’t have the backs of the police, the criminal element does feel emboldened…”
Thanks to Dems “defund the police” policies in every Democrat run big blue city in America: crime, murder, carjackings, home invasions and black on black gun murders have skyrocketed. pic.twitter.com/TiZWBfezsJ
— Tony, AJ, Florida Man Bruno (@TonyBrunoShow) October 14, 2022
The “defund the police” message has been carried mostly by Democratic leaders at the federal and local levels. President Joe Biden pushed back on claims that Democratic policies have fueled rising crime, arguing that Republicans are the ones who want to defund police.
However, that claim was met with widespread pushback and most know that those who pushed or are pushing defunding the police are liberal, progressive leaders.