At 9 pm in Charlotte, North Carolina, 46-year-old August Williams reportedly tried to force a young woman into his vehicle. After she broke free, he tried to chased her down. This turned out to be a big mistake for Williams, who ended up following her into the worst place he could have found himself at that moment: a karate dojo where class was in session.
Williams met his match in the form of Randall Ephraim, head sensei at the Bushiken Karate Charlotte Dojo. After violently forcing himself into the karate studio in pursuit of the panicked woman, Ephraim "went into action defending myself and got him out of the dojo," he told CNN. "Once outside, he attempted to attack again and was dealt with accordingly."
In other words, the martial arts instructor beat the perpetrator to a pulp. Once police arrived at the scene, Williams had to be escorted from the premises on a stretcher.
"He was very strong - very, very strong," Ephraim told WSOC about Williams. "He weighed at least 200 [pounds] and some change, under the influence - very strong, powerful individual."
Ephraim was onto something with the claim of Williams being under the influence, as police later reported that the criminal had been on drugs at the time of the attack and had been arrested for drugs and assault multiple times before. Police added that Williams' target was fortunate to have found herself in Ephraim's studio at the time.
"It's a great thing the people in there were able to help defend her, extremely lucky that it was a karate studio and usually you don't see a suspect act like this," Capt. JD Thomas, with the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department, told WSOC.
The incident is now under further investigation by Charlotte officials, who question the possibility of any prior relationship having existed between Williams and the victim of the attack, and to find any connections Williams may have to any unsolved cases.
As for the hero of the story, Ephraim and his fellow instructors would prefer not to be referred to as heroes. They were just happy to see the woman, who has been left unidentified, come out of the situation unharmed.
"I was just doing what any responsible citizen in the community should do," Ephraim said, "which is protect the women, children and elderly."
What do you think? Is this an epic tale of old fashioned, two-fisted justice, or just a ridiculous story of how idiotic aspiring kidnappers could be? Let us know in the comments below!