Woman Escapes Kidnapper, Flees into Nearby Karate Studio. Suspect Makes BIG Mistake by Following Her Inside

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It’s dark out and you’re walking home. A large man, over 200 pounds, is following you. As you begin to grow more and more panicked, he lunges for you and tries to stuff you into his car.

If he gets you in the car, it’s as good as over. You know this. So what do you do? Fight for your life and try to find a safe place to take shelter.

One unnamed woman from Charlotte, North Carolina, faced a similar situation last Thursday. It was 9 p.m. when she was assaulted.

Fortunately, she managed to break free from the man and take off running into the safest nearby place she could: Bushiken Karate Charlotte Dojo.

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If you were the attacker, this should stop you dead in your tracks, but 46-year-old August Williams was under the influence and wasn’t about to be deterred by something as “trivial” as a dojo.

When he ran inside, he was greeted by the top instructor. At first, Randall Ephraim (the sensei) thought there might be a misunderstanding of some sort, but the situation quickly became clear.

“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,” he said, according to CNN.

“Shortly afterward, a big male entered the building. 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.”


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“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’ attacks seemed scattered, and Ephraim said he was punching at nearby objects as well.

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“He was very strong — very, very strong,” he added. “He weighed at least 200 (pounds) and some change, under the influence — very strong powerful individual.”

When police arrived, Williams still tried to attack them, too. Authorities later confirmed that the man had a record and had been on drugs at the time of the attack.

Williams’ run-in at the dojo cost him dearly, as he was carried to the hospital on a stretcher before being escorted to jail.

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Amanda holds an MA in Rhetoric and TESOL from Cal Poly Pomona. After teaching composition and logic for several years, she's strayed into writing full-time and especially enjoys animal-related topics.
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