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Would-Be Kidnapper Chases Victim Into Karate Dojo, Leaves On Stretcher

A foolish would-be kidnapper got what he deserved when he pursued his victim into a karate studio in Charlotte.

Charlotte, NC – A would-be kidnapper got what he deserved after he pursued a victim into a karate studio on Thursday night.

Police said a man tried to snatch a woman and force her into his car at about 9 p.m. on Jan. 3 on Statesville Avenue, WSOC reported.

The woman ran and escaped into the nearby Bushiken Karate Charlotte Dojo.

“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,” the studio’s head instructor, Randall Ephraim, told CNN.

Ephraim said a big man followed the woman into the studio, and he assumed the man was there to inquire about classes. But he wasn’t.

“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 told CNN.

The head instructor asked the man to leave the karate studio, but he refused.

“He then tried to force himself further into the dojo, aggressively pushing and swinging,” Ephraim 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.”

Police responded to the studio and took the suspect into custody.

The would-be kidnapper also tried to assault the police officers as they were arresting him, according to WSOC.

The suspect was injured during his altercations with the karate instructor and the officers, so he was transported to the hospital on a stretcher.

No information on his condition was available.

Police have no yet released the name of the suspect, nor that of his victim, and were continuing to investigate on Friday morning.

Sandy Malone - January Fri, 2019

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