Chesterfield karate instructor arrested, nearby academy offers - NBC12.com - Richmond, VA News

Chesterfield karate instructor arrested, nearby academy offers to help students

Posted: Updated:
CHESTERFIELD, VA (WWBT) -

A Chesterfield tae kwon do instructor is now behind bars.

Parents first spoke out about Joshua Kim, also known as Joshua Crenshaw, this summer. They said he took their money and closed shop. He now has a new location, and some say he may be doing the same thing again.

"I think he just took everybody's money and ran," said concerned parent Shawna Wilkerson.

There is a big grand opening sign for Ultimate Champions Taekwondo at 10425 Midlothian Turnpike. There is also a smaller sign saying the business is closed due to a medical emergency. The renter, Crenshaw, was in jail.

Chesterfield Police say he was arrested for trespassing and felony vandalism. Parents say they had no clue.

"It's going to break my sons heart when he says mommy when am I going back to tae kwon do?" said Wilkerson. "What am I supposed to say? He's in jail. Master Josh is in jail."

Nearby store managers say Crenshaw also owes them money.

"We've gone a long time without getting payment before," said Jillian Gibbs who is store manager at Fast Signs. "But this is the first time where we've just blatantly not had payment, and for him to be 4 doors down it's pretty bold."

We pulled the court documents. Crenshaw is accused of not paying rent at his last location. He is also accused of later breaking into the building and sub-leasing the space for parties. We spoke to a woman who says the building was closed one week before her event.

"He owes me $1200," said Maria Quezada. "I really need it because I don't have a job right now."

Did we mention Crenshaw was also cited for not having a business license on record with the county?

"He could face criminal action," said Mary Bowes with the license and inspections office.

Crenshaw is due in court in early November.

The investigation has gotten the attention of a local karate academy. Ultimate Karate Academy is now offering to help the families.

"They can bring their paperwork to us and they can train here for free for up to 6 months," said Mike Florence with UKA. "We all felt passionate about the fact that these kids want to train, and they got taken advantage of. We want to make sure that they have some place to train."

Copyright 2013 WWBT NBC12.  All rights reserved.

Powered by WorldNow