Attacker stopped by karate class

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A North Carolina woman is safe after seeking help from a group of karate experts.

The unidentified woman was walking along a road when police say this man August Williams started chasing her.

That’s when she ran inside the Bushiken Karate Charlotte Dojo where the head instructor was holding a class. He performed a basic self-defense move and waited for police to arrive.

“He started to swing and punch at me. So from there we got into a little altercation. It was waiting game of subduing him outside and waiting for the police to come,” said Randall Ephraim, head instructor.

“She lucked out and chose a good spot which is a good safety tip. If you think you’re in danger run to a group of people you can find and she was telling them to call 911. You do that and most suspects will leave and if not there’s safety in numbers,” said JD Thomas, Metro Division, CMPD.

Police say Williams appeared to be on drugs and believe the attempted kidnapping was not random.

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