Miya Taylor Ponsetto Biography — Wiki
Miya Taylor Ponsetto is identified as the SoHo Karen’ by The New York Post who was allegedly accused of tackling the 14-year-old black son of musician Keyon Harrold who she falsely accused of stealing her iPhone at a Manhattan hotel last weekend.
Harrold and his 14-year-old son were in the lobby of the boutique Arlo Hotel in the SoHo neighborhood of Manhattan on Saturday afternoon when the incident happened.
Miya Taylor Ponsetto Age
Miya Taylor Ponsetto, a California cheerleader, is 22 years old.
Miya Taylor Ponsetto wanted for assaulting a black boy, 14, over her iPhone in an NYC hotel
The woman, identified as Miya Taylor Ponsetto unmasked as ‘SoHo Karen’ already had a rap sheet with two arrests in the last year alone, one for public intoxication and another for drunk driving, DailyMail.com can reveal. Ponsetto, who is said to have checked out of the Arlo Hotel three days prior to the alleged attack, appears to have been far from home, as the Post reported her last known address was in Sun Valley, California.
Her name is Miya Ponsetto from Simi Valley. Someone from Simi Valley identified her in the comments in one of @keyonharrold post. She interviewed with cnn & they only released her age which is 22 and it matches pic.twitter.com/JAvSV4kyQY
— audrey (@tattoo_audist) December 31, 2020
The video, shared on social media Wednesday night by NYPD Chief of Detectives Rodney Harrison, shows the woman suddenly run at Keyon Harrold Jr and grab him by the waist in the Arlo Hotel on Saturday. Its release comes just hours after the 22-year-old woman gave a rambling interview to CNN where she denied racially profiling the boy.
The boy’s father, jazz artist Keyon Harrold, had previously posted separate footage filmed on his smartphone on Instagram. It showed the woman pushing and grabbing at the father and son, allegedly even scratching Keyon Sr’s hands as she attempted to snatch his cellphone, wrongly believing it to be hers.
Moments after the scuffle ended, her phone was reportedly found in an Uber and returned to her by the driver.
The ‘Karen’ is yet to be publicly identified with the NYPD telling DailyMail.com Thursday morning her name will not be released unless an arrest is made. On Tuesday, NYPD confirmed they had identified the woman and may charge her with assault, grand larceny, or attempted robbery.
The boy’s famous father, mother Kat Rodriguez and civil rights attorney Ben Crump are urging officials to bring charges against her over the incident.
SoHo Karen: What the footage shows
The one-minute-long clip starts showing Miya Taylor Ponsetto, of Simi Valley, and the hotel manager in the lobby with Harrold recording on his cell phone.
‘This is my phone,’ Harrold’s son, who is not seen in the footage, is heard telling the woman and the manager.
‘You don’t have to explain anything to her,’ Harrold tells his son.
— BallerAlert (@balleralert) December 27, 2020
What we know so far about Miya Taylor Ponsetto
Photos circulating on social media suggest that Ponsetto is an aspiring model and former cheerleader at Simi Valley High School. The records show Ponsetto was arrested on February 28, 2020, for public intoxication in Beverly Hills. That case is still pending, with the next court date scheduled for January 28, 2021.
Three months later Ponsetto was arrested again near Calabasas, a ritzy celebrity enclave in Los Angeles which is home to the likes of Kim Kardashian, for drunk driving on May 28. She was booked on four misdemeanor counts: two for driving under the influence of alcohol, one for driving on a suspended license, and one for unlawful use of a driver’s license.
She pleaded no contest to the DUI charge in September and a sentencing hearing is scheduled for January 14. Court records also showed that Ponsetto was named in a civil case involving an eviction for nonpayment in August 2019.
Ponsetto’s rap sheet came to light after the NYPD released new surveillance footage of the woman tackling the teen to the ground in a New York City hotel.
The woman who sources have named as Ponsetto gave a 20-minute phone call with CNN – reportedly often rambling at times – claiming that she was assaulted during the altercation with Keyon Sr. and his son, though failed to provide further details, including who allegedly assaulted her.
The 22-year-old’s allegation has not been corroborated by investigators or any witnesses to the December 26 incident. After she eventually agreed to provide evidence to the network to support the claim, the woman, who lives out of state, reportedly stopped replying to CNN’s messages and calls.
It’s currently unclear when the alleged assault was purported to take place.
The woman added she is willing to cooperate with any police investigation but says she has not yet been contacted by investigators, nor has she reached out herself.
Harrold and Keyon Jr.’s mother, Kat Rodriguez, staged a rally in Manhattan on Wednesday alongside their attorney Ben Crump and Reverend Al Sharpton. ‘When I saw this story, I thought about how I was one of those kids whose father never took him anywhere for Christmas, never had brunch with my father,’ Sharpton said.
It’s unclear what happened in the moments before he started filming, but in the video, the woman can be heard screaming at Keyon Jr., telling him to show her his phone.