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Nunchuk assault perpetrator arrested in sword-wielding incident

By
Ben Hooper
Photo by Alex Schmidt/Shutterstock.com
Photo by Alex Schmidt/Shutterstock.com

SEATTLE, Oct. 2 (UPI) -- A Seattle woman recently released from jail following a nunchuk attack is again behind bars for allegedly threatening a fellow bus passenger with a sword.

The King County Sheriff's Office said Sharnika Joy Armstead, 26, was sleeping Sept. 14 on a King County Metro bus when a man boarding the vehicle bumped into her while taking his seat.

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Armstead allegedly slapped the man in the face, leading him to step off the bus and dial 911. The woman allegedly followed him and brandished what witnesses described as a "stick-like object" from the back of her hooded sweatshirt.

Deputies arrived on the scene and discovered the object, which Armstead had returned to the back of her shirt, was actually an 18-inch-long sheathed sword.

Armstead, who was arrested on a charge of attempted second-degree assault, recently served a 74-day jail sentence for attacking a store owner and another man with a set of homemade nunchuks when she was caught trying to steal shampoo from the store.

The suspect is also facing a first degree robbery charge for an Aug. 19 incident at a women's shelter, where she allegedly punched another woman in the head repeatedly so she could steal a makeup bag.

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