Woman in medieval wear sentenced for chasing stranger

WASHINGTON (AP) -- A woman who prosecutors say chased a stranger at a bus stop while wearing a medieval costume and wielding a knife has been sentenced to five years in prison.

Thirty-one-year-old Malika Fateen of Washington was convicted in November of assault with a deadly weapon and carrying a dangerous weapon. She was sentenced Thursday in D.C. Superior Court.

According to government evidence, in October 2011, Fateen, wearing a purple medieval costume, sat down next to a woman at a bus stop. Prosecutors say Fateen verbally threatened the woman and brandished a large butcher knife.

Authorities say Fateen chased the woman as she ran into the street. The woman flagged down a passing cab and rode to a nearby neighborhood, where she called police.


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