CHARLOTTE, N.C. – A man ended up on a stretcher after he allegedly tried to kidnap a woman and force her into his car, but she ran into a nearby karate studio for help.
The incident happened at 9 pm Thursday outside Bushiken Karate Charlotte Dojo, according to CNN affiliate WSOC and the head instructor, Randall Ephraim.
Ephraim told CNN he was straightening up the dojo, the karate studio, when the woman rushed inside for help.
“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 told CNN.
“Shortly afterward, a big male entered the building,” he said. “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,” he added.
Ephraim said he asked the man to leave, but he stated he was not going anywhere. “He then tried to force himself further into the dojo, aggressively pushing and swinging,” the instructor said.
“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.”
The suspect also tried to assault police officers before he was arrested, WSOC reports.
He was taken to the hospital with injuries. There’s no word on his condition at this point.