“Soho Karen” who attacked an identified black teenager

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The “##Soho #Karen”, who police say assaulted a black teenage girl she falsely accused of taking her cell phone to a #New #York hotel on #Sunday, has been identified.





© #Provided by The #Independent

NYPD sources told the #New #York #Post that the suspect is #Miya #Ponsetto, 22.

#Surveillance footage of the incident released #Wednesday showed the woman grappling with the ground, #Keyon #Harrold #Jr, 14. The teenager, who is black, is the son of jazz trumpeter #Keyon #Harrold.

#Elder #Mr. #Harrold shared his own video of the incident, which took place at the #Arlo #Hotel in #Manhattan, on #Instagram. The clip has since been viewed nearly three million times.

#He also posted a photo featuring the woman identified as #Ms #Ponsetto.

“##Once we can get a video we are now looking to charge this individual with assault and maybe even look into a grand theft or maybe even attempted theft,” the head of detectives said on #Tuesday. of the #New #York #Police #Department, #Rodney #Harrison, at a press conference. .

NYPD releases CCTV showing woman attacking black boy she accused of stealing his iPhone

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#Keyon #Harrold #Jr told ABC7 earlier this week the incident left him ‘shocked’ and ‘confused’ adding: ‘I mean, I don’t know what would have happened if my dad wasn’t here , honestly. ”

#His father was also appalled.

#Mr #Harrold #Sr, is from #Ferguson, #Missouri, where the 2014 murder by a white cop of an unarmed black teenager named #Michael #Brown sparked protests across the country #Black #Lives #Matter. #Mr #Harrold said he had been a victim of racial profiling throughout his life. #He noted that the hotel episode could have ended “badly” if he hadn’t been with his son at the time.

“I want my son to grow up whole. #That’s all we want. … I’m from #Ferguson and this has been my passport to the world, ”#Elder #Harrold said at a press conference #Wednesday, showing his trumpet.

“#And I can’t even go down to #New #York… and go for brunch without being attacked and falsely accused of something.” ”

#Ms #Ponsetto disputed this version of events to CNN and said that she herself had been assaulted, but did not provide evidence for this claim.

“#It’s not who I am,” she told the network. “##In fact, I try really hard to make sure I’m always doing the right thing.”

the #Daily mail reported #Thursday that #Ponsetto was arrested twice in 2020, for public intoxication and drunk driving. #She has not challenged the DUI charge, and her other case, stemming from a #February arrest for intoxication in #Beverly #Hills, is still pending, with the next court date scheduled for #January 28, 2021.

#Police confirmed to The independent in a statement that the suspect attacked the pair over the cell phone, causing injury, and that they were not investigating the meeting as an “incident of bias”.

“The 40-year-old suffered scratches to his hand,” the statement said. The NYPD positively identified the woman and “was trying to locate her.”

“I want to thank #God because this incident could have ended very differently,” #Kat #Rodriguez, the teenager’s mother, told CNN. “I pray for mothers and fathers who have lost their sons to racial injustice. ”

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