Twerker Nabbed! Woman Wanted For Illegal Grinding Arrested In D.C.

  • by: Alan Duke

Washington, D.C., police have their woman! Just a day after releasing a video of a woman who allegedly sexually abused a man by twerking against him in a convenience store line, a suspect has been taken into custody.

Ayanna Marie Knight, 22, of Las Vegas, was arrested and charged with third-degree sexual abuse, police "were alerted to her location by an observant pedestrian," according to a Metropolitan Police statement Tuesday.

A second unidentified woman is still at large.

The video of the October 7, 2015 incident, which should only be viewed by adults, shows one woman backing up, bending over and gyrating and grinding in a procedure known in popular culture as twerking. The man is talking on a cell phone as he was waiting in the line behind the woman to purchase lottery tickets.

The victim pulls away, but is then approached by a second woman. While she does not twerk, she touches him repeatedly and appears to try to kiss the man. There is no audio on the recording.

Police said the women could face 10 years in prison and $100,000 in fines if convicted of the crimes.

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  Alan Duke

Editor-in-Chief Alan Duke co-founded Lead Stories after ending a 26-year career with CNN, where he mainly covered entertainment, current affairs and politics. Duke closely covered domestic terrorism cases for CNN, including the Oklahoma City federal building bombing, the UNABOMBER and search for Southeast bomber Eric Robert Rudolph. CNN moved Duke to Los Angeles in 2009 to cover the entertainment beat. Duke also co-hosted a daily podcast with former HLN host Nancy Grace, "Crime Stories with Nancy Grace" and hosted the podcast series "Stan Lee's World: His Real Life Battle with Heroes & Villains." You'll also see Duke in many news documentaries, including on the Reelz channel, CNN and HLN.

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