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FIRST ON FOX: The suspect vehicle sped past an answering officer, who can soon be heard on the open 911 line as he spoke just moments after a violent kidnapping that resulted in a Washington woman being buried alive for hours in the woods outside of town was, arrived at a house.
Chae An, 53, allegedly attacked his estranged wife Young An, 42, in a dispute over money amid their contentious divorce, taped her, stabbed her and buried her alive in a 19-inch deep hole in the woods. according to Lacey police.
A camera caught him speeding past a police car – with the victim duct taped to his back, police confirmed to Fox News Digital.
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LISTEN TO THE WORSE 911 CALL:
The squad car was en route to Young An’s home in response to a muffled emergency call, also received by Fox News Digital, placed through her Apple Watch by the bound and gagged victim. The responding officer was unaware of the suspect vehicle or a hijacking at the time the suspect vehicle was described, a spokeswoman for the Lacey Police Department said, and at the end of the recording his voice can be heard on the line as he enters the home.
“The report was an ‘unknown distress call,'” Sgt. Shannon Barnes said Wednesday. “So he had no information about anything that he walked into.”
He entered Young An’s home just minutes after the alleged kidnapping. According to court documents, her husband allegedly knocked the watch off her wrist with a hammer, but the call remained active.
Police documents allege he had a falling out with his estranged wife over money he expected to lose in their ongoing divorce battle. On October 16, according to investigators, he is said to have attacked her at home and tied her up with tape.
As he left the room — possibly to move the van inside and cover up the kidnapping — she called 911 from her Apple Watch and sent emergency calls to her children and a friend. The shrill recording is full of screams, sobs and randomly crushed keys.
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Although Young An was bound and gagged and unable to articulate words, the dispatcher realized something was obviously wrong and dispatched officers to the house.
“I’ll get help going for you – wait a second,” the dispatcher says in response to muffled screams. She reads out Young An’s address and asks if she’s there and if she’s in trouble.
Through the gag, the victim says something that sounds like “yes.” The dispatcher tries to calm Young An down throughout the call. “I’m still here,” she says, promising to stay on the line until officers arrive.
Another angle, recorded by a home security system at a neighbor’s house across the street, showed the man bursting out of a garage door and pulling a van inside. He is suspected of loading them into the back of the vehicle behind closed doors. Several other cameras in the neighborhood helped police track his movements.
Chae An is said to have driven his wife into the forest about seven miles away, thrown her into a shallow grave and covered her with dirt and fallen branches. At one point, prosecutors claim, he stabbed her in the chest.
Hours later, after sunset and with Chae An in his van, Young An crawled out of the hole, ran through the woods for half an hour, and finally found a Good Samaritan who called 911.
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The first deputy on site found her crouched behind a shed.
“When Young realized the deputy was a law enforcement agency, she sprinted towards them, yelling and screaming for help,” the statement on probable cause reads. “She desperately grabbed the deputy and said, ‘My husband is trying to kill me. Help me.'”
Police found Chae An about six hours later in the woods, near the shallow grave where he is accused of throwing his wife. Police found fragments of the Apple Watch stuck to duct tape at the scene. Since then he has been held without bail.
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Lacey police had previously responded to the home in 2021, leading to Chae An’s arrest. A protection order was imposed on him, which the court later overturned at the request of his wife.
At the time of the crime, he was visiting the home about once a week to do laundry, according to court documents.
Chae An on Tuesday pleaded not guilty to attempted first-degree murder, first-degree kidnapping, domestic violence and first-degree assault. He is being held without bail and will appear in court on November 16.
Fox News’ Haley Chi-Sing and Sarah Rumpf contributed to this report.