MIYA Ponsetto has been identified in reports as the “SoHo Karen” who was filmed tackling a black teen in an New York City hotel.
The 22-year-old allegedly dragged Keyon Harrold Jr, 14, to the floor in the lobby of the Arlo Hotel in New York City after falsely claiming that he stole her iPhone on December 26.
‘SoHo Karen’ has been identified as Miya Ponsetto, pictured[/caption]
Who is Miya Ponsetto?
Ponsetto is a 22-year-old former cheerleader.
The woman, revealed to be Ponsetto, is being called a “Karen,” a pejorative term for an entitled white woman.
Ponsetto is now potentially facing assault and attempted robbery charges in NYC, reports said.
She was previously arrested in Beverly Hills police back in February for being drunk in public, according to an online docket for the Los Angeles Airport Courthouse cited by the Daily Mail.
Her mom, Nicole, was also reportedly a co-defendant booked on the same charge plus assaulting a police officer.
A hearing on the case is scheduled for January 28.
Ponsetto was arrested again in May on four DUI counts, according to the Mail, and pled guilty in September with a sentencing hearing set for on January 14.
The publication reported that she bolted to her family’s $389,000 home in the small farming town of Piru, which is north of Los Angeles, after the incident at the NYC hotel.
The NYPD are now considering bringing a slew of charges against her, including assault, grand larceny and attempted robbery, reports said.
‘SoHo Karen’ tackled black teen after falsely accusing him of stealing her phone[/caption]
What happened at Arlo Hotel?
Ponsetto allegedly dragged Keyon Harrold Jr, 14, to the floor in the lobby of the Arlo Hotel in New York City after falsely claiming that he stole her iPhone on December 26.
Keyon Jr’s dad Keyon Harrold shared footage of a woman – later identified as Ponsetta by the Post – accusing his son of stealing her phone on Instagram, which soon went viral.
The NYPD then released more footage showing her running at the 14-year-old as she grabbed at his waist.
Minutes after the viral altercation, an Uber driver arrived with her phone, the teenager’s dad said in an outraged Instagram post.
Harrold Sr, Keyon’s mother Kat Rodriguez and civil rights attorney Ben Crump are demanding “SoHo Karen” be charged.
The police clip posted by NYPD Chief of Detectives Rodney Harrison shows the woman – identified as Ponsetto – Keyon, Keyon Jr. and another individual standing at the bottom of the stairs in the lobby.
As Keyon Jr walks towards the floor, his alleged attacker lunges at him and grabs his waist as his dad runs after them and they pass through the automatic doors during the tackle.
However, neither the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office or the NYPD have decided whether to charge the woman with any crime yet.
What did Miya Ponsetto post on Instagram?
It is thought Ponsetto did not have an Instragram account or a Facebook page.
After her identity was revealed fake Instagram accounts popped up with her name, some garnering followers.
According to the Daily Dot though she had active Twitter and AskFM accounts.
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It’s believed Ponsetto was once an aspiring actress.
According to her AskFM account she has anger issues and that she considers herself the “least judgmental person probably ever.”
According to one post on her AskFM, she identifies as “Italian, Puerto Rican, Greek and Vietnamese”. However, in her profile on casting and audition website Explore Talent, she identifies only as Caucasian.