With a bit of character development, this story could make an excellent pitch for a movie. A kidnapper tries to force a woman into his car. She fights back and escapes. She needs help, so runs into a nearby karate studio. The kidnapper, refusing to give up, follows her in. That’s when all hell breaks loose.
The incident occurred in Charlotte, North Carolina. After it was over, the kidnapper was carried out of the dojo to an ambulance. It seems that the woman ran into the dojo pleading for help, and that the school’s head instructor was took on the kidnapper himself.
The attempted kidnapping happened around 9:00 p.m. Thursday outside Bushiken Karate Charlotte Dojo.
“There were still some kids in the dojo being picked up by parents and a couple of adult students cleaning up when a young lady came through our doors and stated that someone was trying to harm her,” Randall Ephraim, the head instructor, told CNN.
“Shortly afterward, a big male entered the building,” he said. “Not knowing what he wanted, I assumed he was inquiring about classes.”
“I asked how I could assist him and he stated that he was there for the lady. She insisted that she did not know him and tried to kidnap her.”
Ephraim tried diplomacy and asked the man to leave. The man, later identified as 47-year-old August Williams, would not. As Ephraim was between him and the woman, the situation immediately escalated.
“He then tried to force himself further into the dojo, aggressively pushing and swinging,” the Ephraim said.
“I then went into action defending myself and got him out of the dojo. Once outside he attempted to attack again and was dealt with accordingly.”
Williams was dealt with accordingly. Maybe not “accordingly” enough. When police arrived on the scene, the suspect still had some fight left in him and attempted to assault the responding officers. They, too, dealt with accordingly.
Williams was arrested, eventually, but had to be hospitalized for his injuries. There’s no word on his condition.