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‘SoHo Karen’ Who Accused a Black Teen of Stealing Her iPhone Has a Checkered Past


There is more details coming out now about a woman who went viral after an attempt to recover an alleged stolen phone from a 14-year old boy in the lobby of a New York hotel.

The woman who has been dubbed ‘SoHo Karen’ has been identified as 22-year old Miya Ponsetto from Simi Valley, California.

Ponsetto was caught on video falsely accusing the son of Grammy award-winning musician Keyon Harrold of her iPhone and then assaulting him and his father when they tried to leave the lobby of the Arlo SoHo Hotel on December 26.  Harrold is a Jazz trumpeter, vocalist, songwriter and producer who has worked with the likes of Beyonce, Jay-Z, Rihanna, Common and more. 

According to Harrold, the woman’s Uber driver later came to the hotel to give her iPhone to her, saying she had forgotten it in his car.


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The NYPD has issued an arrest warrant for Ponsetto, but according to multiple reports, the SoHo incident is not he first time she has caused a stir in a hotel. She and her mother apparently caused a scene at hotel in Beverly Hills in the past, she has also been twice arrested in the past.

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