August Channing Williams

Would-be kidnapper chases woman into karate studio—and leaves on a stretcher: Reports

Police in North Carolina have arrested a man who they said attempted to kidnap a woman Thursday evening but was subdued when he followed her into a karate studio.

WBTV reported that the head instructor of Bushiken Karate Charlotte Dojo in Charlotte fought off the suspect, August Channing Williams, 46. Police were called to the location and reportedly also had a brief struggle with Williams before taking him into custody.

WSOC reported that Williams was taken out the dojo in a stretcher and hospitalized for undisclosed injuries.

Head instructor Randall Ephraim told CNN that he initially thought Williams was entering the studio to inquire about classes.

“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 recalled.

Ephraim told the news station that Williams said he was looking for the woman, who insisted that she didn’t know him and identified him as her attacker. A fight reportedly broke out after Ephraim asked Williams to leave the property and he became violent as he tried to gain re-entry.

“I then went into action defending myself and got him out of the dojo,” the instructor said. “Once outside he attempted to attack again and was dealt with accordingly.”

Williams is facing multiple charges, including assault on a female and attempted kidnapping. His condition is currently unknown.

[Featured image: August Channing Williams/Handout]