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Charges filed against man who allegedly posed as deliveryman to rob Spanaway woman

Post by Stacia Glenn / The News Tribune on March 27, 2013 at 12:54 pm |
March 27, 2013 3:12 pm
Brian Han hides his face as he's led into Superior Court this afternoon. Credit: Adam Lynn/The News Tribune
Brian Han hides his face as he’s led into Superior Court this afternoon.
Credit: Adam Lynn/The News Tribune

UPDATE: Not guilty pleas were entered on Han’s behalf this afternoon in Pierce County Superior Court. Court Commissioner Meagan Foley ordered him jailed in lieu of $500,000 bail.

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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, was charged today with 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 is set to be arraigned this afternoon.

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.

Han 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 placed duct tape over the victim’s eyes so she couldn’t see him and taped her to a chair. She told Pierce County sheriff’s deputies he demanded $1,000. She offered half that amount if he handed her purse to her.

As soon as she heard the garage door open and her car drove off, charging papers show she freed herself from the chair and sought help at a neighbor’s house. The neighbor called 911 after finding the victim bleeding on the doorstep with duct tape still around her wrists.

The victim suffered a collapsed lung and had to have her spleen and a portion of her lung and bowel removed during surgery, according to court records.

Once Han was identified as a suspect, detectives interviewed his wife, who said Han had admitted robbing and stabbing a woman in Spanaway. She is in jail on assault charges, prosecutors said.

A search warrant at the couple’s found 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 claim.

Prosecutors contend Han pawned some of the victim’s jewelry in Auburn.

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