Miya Taylor Ponsetto, 22, of California, United States has been arrested. Dubbed the SoHo Karen, she attacked 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.
Ponsetto falsely accused the younger Harrold of stealing her iPhone. Her lawyer Sharen H. Ghatan told TMZ that the incident was not racially charged but induced by anxiety.
Ghatan also told NBC 10 Philadelphia that Ponsetto “lost her mind for a hot minute” and she was sorry. He claimed that her client “was a scared girl alone in a city she doesn’t know and lost her one point of contact for her numbers.”
On January 6, 2020, two New York Police Department officers went to California to ask help from cops in Los Angeles, California to find Ponsetto. On January 7, 2020, deputies from the Ventura County Sheriff’s Department arrested her in California after a brief car chase.
Ventura County Sheriff’s Department spokesman Eric Buschow told the New York York Daily News that Ponsetto was arrested on a warrant out of New York. He added that she tried to slam the door on the leg of one of their deputies so she was “forcibly removed from the vehicle.”
According to Buschow, the deputies had to use physical force to pull Ponsetto out of her car. Currently held without bail, she is scheduled to face a judge on January 8, 2020 and is expected to be extradited to New York afterwards.
Before being arrested, Ponsetto was interviewed by Gayle King. The woman dubbed the SoHo Karen at the end of the interview told the latter, “Enough.”
Ponsetto grew up in Simi Valley, California. She has also lived in other areas of California including Sun Valley and Piru.
In 2016, Ponsetto graduated from Simi Valley High School where she was a member of the cheerleading squad. In August 2019, she lived with a man in an apartment in Sun Valley and the property company that owns the apartment sued them in Los Angeles Superior Court because they failed to pay $1,250 in rent.