Man accused of robbing and stabbing woman set for plea hearing


by JANET KIM / KING 5 News

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Posted on April 22, 2014 at 6:06 PM

Updated Tuesday, Apr 22 at 6:06 PM

Tacoma, Wash. -- It was a robbery that shook a neighborhood a year and a half ago. A man pretending to be a delivery man stabbed a woman and tied to her chair and then robbed her. The accused robber could be making a deal with prosecutors as early as Wednesday. Her husband hopes justice will be served even if this case never goes to trial.

As if this horrific scene played out just yesterday, Andrew Herman recounts what happened to his wife Kyong-cha back at their Spanaway home on October 19, 2012.

"It's been through my mind two or three thousand times," said Herman.

The morning of the incident, Herman's wife answered the door believing it was for a delivery man, when she soon found out it was a robber just posing as one.

"She opens the door, she is struck by this man and stabbed in her right side," said Herman.

Kyong-cha survived, and months later, a break in the case led investigators to arrest Brian Chong Han, who is facing charges of  robbery, assault, and burglary.

A year and half hasn't erased the grim day or how he feels about the accused robber.

"What about the rights of the victims?" Herman asked. "You tell me about the rights of all the hoods, but what about the rights of all the victims?"

However, with an end in sight, he hopes this vision will soon be behind him.

If there is a plea deal reached, sentencing for Han could also take place Wednesday.