New York Police Department officers have yet to arrest Miya Taylor Ponsetto, 22, of Simi Valley, California, United States. Once they do, it will not be her first time to be arrested.
On December 26, 2020, Ponsetto was caught on camera 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. Videos of the incident quickly went viral days before 2020 ended and the world named her The SoHo Karen and The Arlo Hotel Karen.
Months before becoming The SoHo Karen and The Arlo Hotel Karen, Ponsetto was arrested twice. The first incident took place at The Peninsula Beverly Hills, a 5-star hotel on South Santa Monica Boulevard in Beverly Hills, California, where she and her mother Nicole Claudine Ponsetto, 43, checked in.
On February 28, 2020, Miya and Nicole were no longer guests at The Peninsula Beverly Hills but they refused to leave and they were both intoxicated so Beverly Hills Police Department officers were called. The mother pushed and kicked one of the officers so she and her daughter were both arrested, law enforcement sources told TMZ.
On May 27, 2020, the Los Angeles County District Attorney charged Miya and Nicole with being intoxicated in public. On May 28, 2020, the West Los Angeles California Highway Patrol arrested Miya for driving with a suspended license and failure to obey traffic lane near Calabasas, California and she was charged with two counts of driving under the influence of alcohol, one count of driving on a suspended license and one count of unlawful use of a driver’s license.
Miya graduated from Simi Valley High School in 2016. She was “one of those girls who seemed to have everything handed to her,” according to her former schoolmate Vannessa Stoerchle.
“(Miya) wouldn’t even look your way if she thought you weren’t important or if you didn’t have money but I was really surprised to see this,” Stoerchle told The New York Post. “(It is) weird to see someone in high school who was a popular girl end up this way. (I) never thought Miya would end up racially profiling some one like that.”