Martial arts expert thwarts alleged kidnapping

CHARLOTTE, NC (NBC) - A North Carolina woman is safe from an alleged kidnapping after seeking help from a group of karate experts.

The unidentified woman was walking along the road when all of a sudden, she was approached by a man named August Williams.

Authorities say the man charging towards the woman, so she started to run away which is when he began chasing her. That's when the woman ran inside a karate dojo

Head instructor Randall Ephraim was holding a class when she told him she was being chased.

Randall performed a basic self-defense move and waited for police to arrive.

According to police, Williams appeared to be on drugs and believe the attempted kidnapping was not random.

Authorities say they're still investigating whether there was any prior relationship between Williams and the woman.