09 January 2021 14:39
A woman nicknamed 'Soho Karen' has gone viral after she attacked a teenager and falsely accused him of stealing her phone. If you watched CBS This Morning yesterday (January 8th), you will have heard of Miya Ponsetto. She was invited onto the show to be interviewed by Gayle King about an altercation in which she attacked a 14-year-old boy in New York. Miya Ponsetto is a 22-year-old Puerto Rican woman who lives in California. She went viral in December after she attacked a 14-year-old boy in New York.
As reported by TMZ, on December 26th, Miya Ponsetto accused a 14-year-old Black teenager of stealing her phone in a New York hotel lobby. On Friday (January 8th), Miya was interviewed by CBS 'This Morning' host Gayle King about the incident. As NBC News reports, Miya said: "I do, sincerely from the bottom of my heart, apologize that if I had made this son feel as I assaulted him or hurt his feelings." Gayle then described her reaction as "extreme, to which Miya tried to defend herself by saying: "How would you feel, if you were alone in New York and, you know, you're going to spend time with your family during the holidays, and you lose the one thing that gets stolen from you that has all of the access to the only way that you're able to get back home." Miya was arrested on Thursday (January 7th) and jailed in Ventura County, California, CBS News reports. This content could not be loaded The 22-year-old woman caught on camera allegedly physically attacking a 14-year-old Black teen and falsely accusing him of stealing her phone was arrested in California. NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — The California woman who attacked a teenager after accusing him of stealing her phone is expected to be extradited back to New York City soon.
On Saturday, December 26, the woman in this video falsely accused an innocent 14-year-old teenager of stealing her cellphone. "I admit, yes, I could have approached the situation differently, or not have yelled at him to feel inferior way, way of hurting his feelings," Ponsetto said. "Yeah, but I think, you know, the video we saw, it looked like you had just attacked his son," King said. A system, that exists and thrives because of institutions like the Arlo Hotel who enables the disturbing behavior of people like Miya Ponsetto, and instead of stopping the racist attack on our son, threw gasoline on the fire. Ponsetto faced a judge via video conference Friday, agreeing to be extradited back to New York to face multiple charges, including attempted robbery and attempted assault.
Ponsetto's lawyer, Sharen Ghatan, told The Associated Press in an interview before the arrest that her client is "emotionally unwell" and remorseful for her Dec. 26 conflict with 14-year-old Keyon Harrold Jr. at Manhattan's Arlo Hotel. Ghatan told CBS New York the incident wasn't racially motivated. Ponsetto's missing phone had actually been left in an Uber and was returned by the driver shortly afterward, Keyon Harrold has said. Ventura County Sheriff's deputies arrested Ponsetto after spotting her driving near her home in Piru, northwest of Los Angeles, said department Captain Eric Buschow. "She tried to slam the door on one of the deputies and that's when they just reached in and forcibly removed her," he said, adding that the sheriff's office would ask county prosecutors to charge her with resisting arrest. She said Ponsetto "lashed out" over worry about her phone disappearing, and that it wasn't racially motivated. Ghatan told CBS New York Ponstto's actions were anxiety-induced, not racially charged. Police have said they're not investigating the case as a bias incident, CBS New York points out. According to a news release, the California's Ventura County Sheriff's Department "contacted Miya Ponsetto, age 22, during a traffic stop near her home in Piru", an unincorporated historic town about an hour northwest of downtown Los Angeles. Kat goes on to lay blame on the SoHo hotel for its role in Ponsetto's attack on her son, claiming it enabled her to lay hands on him. "I admit, yes, I could've approached the situation differently or maybe not yelled at him like that", Ponsetto said Friday morning.