UPDATED: 9:20 a.m. ET, Jan. 1, 2021 —
After falsely accusing the 14-year-old son of jazz artist Keyon Harrold of theft, the woman we’ve come to know as “SoHo Karen” seems to have a less than exemplary rap sheet of her own.
The internet will undoubtedly internet and put in work to identify the woman who tackled and attacked Harrold and his son on Dec. 26 in the lobby of the Arlo Hotel. According to the New York Post who confirmed though NYPD sources, the woman’s name Miya Ponsetto, 22.
The uncovering comes after days of the NYPD and news outlets shielding her identify from the public, stating safety concerns.
But the gag is that Ponsetto is documented for having two run-ins with the law last year, both cases are pending hearings early this year.
On Feb. 28 she was arrested for public intoxication in Beverly Hills and is scheduled to appear in court on Jan. 28, according to the Daily Mail. Three months later on May 28 she was docked for drunken driving and was charged with our misdemeanor counts — two for driving under the influence of alcohol, one for driving with a suspended license and one for unlawful use of a driver’s license. In September she pleaded not guilty and will receive sentencing at a hearing on Jan. 14.
“Ponsetto also was named in a civil case involving an eviction for nonpayment in August 2019,” the Post writes.
No doubt that the Dec. 26 incident will not add the title of good Samaritan to her record. NYPD authorities are still somehow trying to locate her whereabouts after announcing they would upgrade her charges to assault, grand larceny or attempted robbery.
On New Year’s Eve Harrold’s attorney Benjamin Crump shared surveillance footage from the attack, which showed the moment she lunged at Harrold injuring his finger as he attempted to shield his son. The whole incident transpired over Ponsetto’s misplaced cell phone which was eventually returned by an Uber driver.
Newly released security footage shows a different vantage point of an attack where a white woman tackled the 14-year-old son of jazz artist Keyon Harrold after falsely accusing him of stealing her cell phone in New York City on Saturday.
The video was shared on Facebook Thursday by Harrold family attorney Benjamin Crump. The 10-second clip gives a wider view of the incident and shows the woman in action as she follows Keyon Harrold Jr. in the lobby of the Arlo Soho hotel in Manhattan. Seconds in she can be seen encircling her arms around him, as Harrold and others follow to ward off her attack.
The woman whose name has been withheld, publicly came forward yesterday as law enforcement seeks to upgrade her initial charges from harassment to assault, grand larceny or attempted robbery. The Manhattan District Attorney’s office has also announced they will be investigating the incident.
The woman who has yet to apologize, told CNN that she worries about her public perception now that the video has gone viral.
“Of course I worry,” she said. “That’s not who I am. I actually… try very hard to make sure that I am always doing the right thing.”
She claims that she is willing to cooperate with the investigation but has yet to be contacted by authorities. CNN reports that her account of the events was sometimes incoherent and could corroborate certain details that she provided. After the network reached out again, they were unable to make contact.
Harrold captured the incident on his cell phone and shared it with his Instagram followers after the attack.
The lady in this video assaulted my 14-year-old son and me as we came down from our room in the @arlohotels Arlo Soho to get breakfast,” Harrold wrote. “This person quote on quote ‘lost’ her iPhone, and apparently, my son magically acquired it, which merely ridiculous. This incident went on for five more minutes, me protecting my son from this lunatic. She scratched me; she Tackled and grabbed him. He is a child!!”
Harrold goes on to say that the manager captured in the video came to the woman’s defense instead of investigating to see what transpired. After the attack, an Uber driver returned the woman’s lost cell phone.
In a separate video where he speaks to the camera, Harrold shows his hand and says that he sustained an injury in attempting to shield his son from the woman.
“This is what happened. I was definitely assaulted in front of the hotel. I’m a trumpet player so… now my hand’s bleeding,” he said.
After the attack, Arlo released a statement conveying remorse over the Harrolds’ experience. The hotel also announced it would be in full cooperation with investigators.
Crump is calling for a civil rights investigation into the Arlo Hotel’s handling of the attack. The family expressed their grievances during a rally held at Manhattan’s City Hall on Wednesday.
“I can’t even come downstairs in New York City — prime New York City — and just go brunch without being attacked and wrongfully accused of something,” Harrold said according to NBC News. “The idea of trauma goes above any charge that could ever be had.”