“Soho Karen” wanted for attacking teen in NYC resisted arrest after car chase in California

Update: Miya Ponsetto, 22, was taken into custody on a New York warrant on Thursday in Ventura County, California.

She attempted to resist arrest during a brief car chase with police but ultimately pulled over.

‘She tried to slam the door on one of the deputies and that’s when they just reached in and forcibly removed her,’ Ventura County Sheriff’s spokesman Eric Buschow said.   

Ventura County sheriff’s office is asking prosecutors in California to also charge her with resisting arrest. 


Jan. 6th – NYPD investigators will fly to California to issue an ultimatum to the woman caught on video attacking and accusing a Black teen of stealing her phone: Come back to the city with us now to face criminal charges, or we’ll have you arrested and extradited.

Two detectives with NYPD’s Manhattan South patrol bureau plan to fly out Wednesday and link up with Los Angeles cops to find Miya Ponsetto, who wrongly blamed the 14-year-old son of Grammy-winning jazz musician Keyon Harrold of stealing her missing iPhone, police sources said.

The Manhattan D.A. has signed off on third-degree attempted assault charges, the sources said. Once they find Ponsetto, they’ll talk to her and try to convince her to return with them, sources said.

If she won’t come, the NYPD will get a warrant for her arrest — meaning California authorities would arrest her, and she’d have to decide whether or not to fight the extradition process, the sources said.

A spokeswoman for Manhattan D.A. Cyrus Vance declined comment Tuesday night.

Ponsetto was recorded in a now-viral video confronting and then attacking Keyon Harrold Jr. in the Arlo Hotel in Soho on Dec. 26., sources said.

Keyon Harrold Sr. recorded the confrontation in a now-viral video, and surveillance footage from the hotel shows her attacking him.

It turned out she left her phone in an Uber car, which returned it to her moments later.

The video sparked outrage and accusations of racism, and more than 100,000 people have signed an online petition posted by the Harrold family lawyer, Benjamin Crump, calling for Vance to press charges.

Harrold Sr. said Ponsetto singled out his son because he’s black, and accused a manager from the hotel of empowering her by questioning him about the phone in his hand, demanding “What’s on your background?” before claiming, “I’m trying to settle this situation.”


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