Investigators in Washington D.C. are crediting an “observant pedestrian” with helping them detain one of the two women seen in surveillance footage forcibly twerking and then groping a man at a gas station last month. The video went viral on Tuesday after police released footage of the October incident and appealed to the public for assistance, offering a $1,000 reward for information leading to an arrest. The footage showed two women wearing revealing clothing who fondled and groped a man waiting in line at the cash register. The man is seen in the video unsuccessfully trying to fend off the unwanted advances. The attack began with one of the women surprising the man by pressing her buttocks into his groin area and twerking on him. Police said they’ve arrested Ayanna Marie Knight, a 22 year-old woman from Las Vegas, and charged her with third degree sexual assault. The second woman sought in the incident is still at large.
Details on the victim emerged as well. The man spoke to multiple local news outlets, but declined to be identified. In interviews he said he tried to brush off the women’s advances and, when he was unsuccessful, he asked the store clerks to call the police. He claims the clerks declined to take any action and he fled the women and the store, and ran into the gas station’s car wash where he called 911. “I was assaulted sexually. I felt 100 percent violated,” he told the local NBC TV station. “I felt really humiliated also, because when someone is just grabbing your body parts without your permission, no matter who it is, that’s just a violation completely.” The women followed him outside as he fled to the car wash, and tried to prevent him from calling police. In an interview with the local Fox TV reporter, the victim said he saw a group of men standing outside the gas station and that he thought at the time they might’ve been working with the women. He also said he suspected the perpetrators were actually men disguised as women.