The delivery man uniform was a ruse to get her to open the door.
When the Spanaway woman stepped onto the porch, authorities say, Brian Han tried to push his way inside. When the woman resisted, he allegedly punched her in the face, stabbed her in the chest with a knife, duct-taped her to a chair and rummaged through her home before driving off in her car.
Han, 40, pleaded not guilty Wednesday to charges of first-degree burglary, first-degree robbery and first-degree assault in connection with the Oct. 19 home invasion. All charges carry a deadly weapon enhancement. He was being held in the Pierce County Jail in lieu of $500,000 bail.
It’s unclear whether Han knew the 57-year-old victim or picked the home in the 19600 block of 15th Avenue Court East at random.
According to charging papers, he was dressed in a brown uniform and carrying a box when he knocked on the victim’s door. Once he forced his way in, he punched and stabbed the woman before placing duct tape over her eyes so she couldn’t see him and taped her to a chair.
She told sheriff’s deputies he demanded $1,000. She said she had half that amount in her purse. He dumped the contents out, and she gave him the money. She said she was unsure where the man went in the house but soon heard the garage door open and her car drive off, charging papers state.
She freed herself from the chair and sought help at a neighbor’s house. The neighbor called 911 after finding the woman bleeding on the doorstep with duct tape still around her wrists.
The woman suffered a collapsed lung and had to have her spleen and part of her lung and bowel removed during surgery, according to court records.
Once Han was identified as a suspect, detectives interviewed his wife, who is in jail on assault charges. She said Han had admitted robbing and stabbing a woman in Spanaway, according to documents.
A search warrant at the couple’s home turned up a garbage bag hidden in a hedge. Inside were cut-up credit cards in the victim’s name, a stolen jewelry box and jeans stained with what appeared to be blood, charging papers allege.
Prosecutors contend Han pawned some of the victim’s jewelry in Auburn.
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