Crime Washington Woman Escapes Shallow Grave After Being Buried Alive Allegedly by Her Husband "My husband is trying to kill me," the woman allegedly told police after she dug herself out of a shallow grave where her husband buried her By Glenn Garner Glenn Garner Instagram Twitter Glenn Garner is a Writer/Reporter who works heavily with PEOPLE's Movies and TV verticals. Since graduating from Northern Arizona University with a dual major in journalism and photography, he got his professional start at OUT Magazine, The Advocate and Teen Vogue, and he's since consistently kept his finger on the pulse of the LGBTQ community. His first book The Guncle Guide was released in 2020 and was featured on Katie Couric's list of 100 recommended books of the year. People Editorial Guidelines Published on October 20, 2022 09:23 PM Share Tweet Pin Email A woman in Washington state escaped a harrowing near-deadly ordeal after her estranged husband allegedly buried her alive. Thurston County deputies responded to a home on Tuesday at around 1 a.m., where the 42-year-old woman pounded on the residents' door asking for help as her husband "was trying to kill her," according to a news release from Lacey Police Department (LPD). The woman, who was transported to a nearby hospital with non-life-threatening injuries, allegedly told LPD detectives that her husband had kidnapped her from her home and driven her into the woods, where he stabbed her and buried her alive. "After being put into the ground she could hear her husband walking around the hole and dirt being put on top of her," according to a declaration of probable cause filed Wednesday in Thurston County Superior Court, according to NBC News. According to the document obtained by the outlet, the woman believes she was in the grave for hours and survived by wiggling her face around to create some air pockets. After waiting for it to get dark, she struggled free to escape, she walked for 20 to 30 minutes until finding help. Lacey Police Department "My husband is trying to kill me," she yelled, according to a declaration of probable cause obtained by NBC News. "She had duct tape still wrapped around her neck, lower face and ankles," the declaration read, according to the outlet. "There was extensive bruising to her legs, arms and head and her clothing and hair were covered in dirt." According to LPD's release, the woman's husband Chae Kyong An was arrested several hours after her rescue without incident, when a hiker spotted his 2006 Dodge Grand Caravan on a trail nearby. The 53-year-old is charged with first-degree assault/domestic violence, kidnapping/domestic violence and attempted murder, according to Thurston County Correction Facility's inmate database. He is being held without bail. It is not clear if he has engaged legal representation to comment on her behalf. LPD said in the department's release that officers previously responded to a call from the woman's home on Monday afternoon, during which dispatch could hear "muffled screaming and sounds of a struggle." Never miss a story — sign up for PEOPLE's free daily newsletter to stay up-to-date on the best of what PEOPLE has to offer, from juicy celebrity news to compelling human interest stories. Upon their arrival, officers did not locate anyone but found the garage door open and duct tape in the home, which they believed was used on the victim, according to the LPD release. A neighbor also provided surveillance footage that allegedly shows Chae pulling his van into the garage and briefly closing the door before behind him and leaving again just before the police arrived. Shortly after, the woman's children returned home, where they said both of their parents were before the kids left for the store about an hour prior, the LPD said. Officials subsequently issued an Endangered Missing Persons Alert for the woman, who had a domestic violence protection order against Chae, in addition to providing a description of Chae's vehicle. If you are experiencing domestic violence, call the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-799-7233, or go to thehotline.org. All calls are toll-free and confidential. The hotline is available 24/7 in more than 170 languages.