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Woman Caught On Video In Twerking Attack Sentenced To Probation

One of the women caught on film twerking on and groping a male customer without his consent in a Washington, D.C., gas station was sentenced to six months probation Monday.

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One of two women caught on video twerking and groping a man without his consent at a Washington, D.C., gas station was sentenced to six months probation Monday after pleading guilty to a misdemeanor charge of sexual abuse.

Prosecutors said 22-year-old Ayanna Marie Knight, formerly of Las Vegas, entered the plea in Superior Court on Dec. 2, the Associated Press reported.

Police in California apprehended the second woman seen in the twerking video on Monday, KUTV reported. She is now in jail awaiting extradition to Washington, D.C.

The incident happened at a Shell gas station on Oct. 7 after a man went inside the convenience store around 4 p.m.

In security footage released by the Metropolitan Police Department, a woman is first seen twerking on the man without his consent. Another woman then approaches and touches his crotch as he attempts to push her hands away.

The victim, who has been identified as Washington Tharpe, told a local Fox affiliate that he told the women to stop and even asked the clerk for assistance, who the man said responded, "What do you want me to do?"

He told Fox 5 that he went outside the store to call 911, but the women followed him to continue the alleged assault. The man said police also have footage of the assault in the car wash that has not been released.

He said there was a group of men, who he thought might be pimps, outside and feared fighting back because he didn't know what the men would do.

Police released footage of the gas station incident in hopes of catching the women, offering a $1,000 award for information. Metropolitan Police spokesman Sean Hickman told BuzzFeed News that the department has since removed the video because one of the women was arrested.


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Michelle Broder Van Dyke is a reporter and night editor for BuzzFeed News and is based in Hawaii.

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