Miya Taylor Ponsetto, 22, of Simi, Valley, California, United States is allegedly the woman dubbed the SoHo Karen or the Arlo Hotel Karen. She is accused of attacking African-American jazz musician Keyon Harrold, 40, and his son Keyon Harrold Jr., 14, at the Arlo SoHo Boutique Hotel on 231 Hudson Street in New York City, New York, USA on December 26, 2020.
When asked by a netizen about her nationality in 2019, Ponsetto said she was Italian, Puerto Rican, Greek and Vietnamese. Apparently, she was referring to her ethnicity.
On January 1, 2020, a New York Post photographer spotted Ponsetto walking out of a McDonald’s and into the parking lot in Filmore, California. The fast-food restaurant is near her mother’s house in Piru, California.
Ponsetto is expected to be arrested by the New York Police Department soon. The photographer asked her if she had any concerns about this.
“I’m actually 22 so I don’t know what the problem is here and I’m also Puerto Rican so thank you,” Ponsetto told the photographer. “Take care of yourself.”
On December 29, 2020, the SoHo Karen was interviewed by CNN. The publication confirmed that she is 22 years old but did not reveal her name.
“Of course, I worry,” the SoHo Karen told the publication. “That’s not who I am. I actually… try very hard to make sure that I am always doing the right thing.”
On February 28, 2020, the Beverly Hills Police Department arrested Ponsetto in Beverly Hills, California for being intoxicated in public after an incident at the Los Angeles International Airport. On September 1, 2020, the West Los Angeles California Highway Patrol arrested her for driving with a suspended license and failure to obey traffic lane.
Ponsetto reportedly used to work at Richard Mille in Beverly Hills. Richard Mille, 69, and Dominique Guenat, 68, founded the Swiss luxury watchmaking brand in 2001.
Mille’s son Alexandre Mille, who serves as the Richard Mille sales director, reportedly dated Ponsetto. In a recent interview Alexandre told Modern Luxury, “Richard Mille is about human connection above all else and that’s also the glue that holds the brand together.”