One of the woman who twerked on an unwilling participant is facing a 10 year prison stint after being charged with sexual assault.
The unidentified victim says the abuse started when two women flashed him while he was pumping gas on Oct. 7. While in the checkout line, police say one woman (now identified as Ayanna Marie Knight, 22, of Las Vegas), began rubbing her buttocks against the man.
The victim tried to back away from Knight, but the abuse continued, as seen in the surveillance video released Monday. A second woman, who has been identified as 23-year-old Marjorie Charles, then “grabbed (the victim’s) groin and buttocks multiple times in a very aggressive manner,” authorities say.
When the man told the gas station clerks to call police, he says they “just sat there,” leaving him feeling “humiliated.”
More details + video below…
VIDEO: Raw Surveillance Footage of ‘Twerking Assault’ Ayanna Marie Knight (the women in red) has been apprehended and was charged with third-degree sexual abuse. A D.C. Superior Court judge ordered her held without bond during a court appearance Wednesday.
VIDEO: Victim of ‘Twerking Assault’ Speaks Out
The victim has chosen to remain anonymous but he recently spoke to a Fox5 DC where he gave his account of the situation.
“When someone is just grabbing your body parts without your permission, no matter who it is, that’s just a violation completely,” the man says.
He tells Fox 5 DC that he thought his assailants were prostitutes and “men dressed like women,” and feared men outside the gas station were their pimps.
They could’ve had “guns to come and shoot me,” he says.
The victim says he left the checkout area but one woman grabbed his arm to keep him from leaving. He eventually called police from the gas station’s car wash.
Though jokes about the incident are rampant on social media, a rep for DC group Collective Action for Safe Spaces says the incident “is a prime example of the public sexual harassment and assault that people across our city experience on a near-daily basis” and “shouldn’t be taken lightly.” (Twerking got these women arrested in Oregon.)
Police identified the 2nd woman as 23-year-old Marjorie Charles but she is reportedly still at large. The mugshot below is from a previous arrest for prostitution.
Marjorie Charles (Wanted for Twerking)
Court records show that Ms. Knight pleaded guilty to a sexual solicitation charge Oct. 20 and three days later was arrested again on a sexual solicitation charge for which she failed to show up to a scheduled court date.
Anyone with information that can help police is asked to call 202-727-9099.