Taekwondo instructors save woman from sexual assault

A family of taekwondo instructors in Katy, Texas are credited for saving a woman from sexual assault on Tuesday.

Simon An, and his father, his mother, his older sister and his younger brother, are all fourth-degree black belts and run Yong-in Taekwondo dojo just outside Houston. The family heard screams coming from a neighboring business at approximately 4 pm and decided to spring into action. The family found a man on top of a young woman with his hands “in [in]appropriate places” as she attempted to fend him off, An said.

An’s father, Hong, yanked the attacker away by his shirt and pinned him to the ground. An’s sister, Hannah, grabbed the girl and rushed her out of the room while An and his brother helped subdue the attacker.

“It just happened so sudden,” said An, who has been practicing taekwondo for 16 years. “It was all self-defense. The intruder was trying to run away — scratching, biting, anything he could do.”

The Harris County Sheriff’s Department has credited An and his family with saving the young woman from a sexual assault.

“By utilizing their training and discipline, they managed to stop the assault and hold him,” Sheriff Ed Gonzalez said in a series of posts on X.

The suspect has been charged with attempted sexual assault and unlawful detention, the sheriff’s department said.

“Thank you to the Yong-In dojo for your quick action in protecting others,” Gonzalez wrote.

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