Man charged with assault after chasing woman into Charlotte karate studio, police say

A man is facing charges after police say he tried to abduct a woman and chased her into a Charlotte karate studio.

Police arrested August Williams for the attempted kidnapping. But this is not his first run-in with the law. He has previously been arrested for assault, DWI, and weapon charges. 

“He began to go completely wild and ballistic,” said head instructor Randall Ephraim. 

The incident happened about 8:45 p.m. Thursday in the 2600 block of Statesville Avenue. According to Charlotte-Mecklenburg police, the woman was walking down the street when a man tried to get her into his pickup truck.

“She was defiantly in panic; she was scared to death,” said Ephraim. 

The pair ended up in the karate studio where the people inside helped protect the woman, police said.

“He started to swing and punch at me so we got into a little pushing match.”

When officers arrived on scene, they wrestled with the man, now identified as 46-year-old August Williams, and arrested him after taking him to the hospital.

Williams is charged with attempted kidnapping, assault on a female, simple assault, resisting a public officer, injury to personal property, and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Investigators said Williams ingested cocaine during the struggle so he was taken to the hospital for treatment.

As for the sensei, Ephraim says he is no hero, but he would be happy to teach anyone who walks into his class: "I was just doing what any responsible citizen would do. This is a place where we educate self-defense and we will open the door to anyone that’s willing to come learn.”