It seems unbelievable that any piece of news could capture our collective attention in a week that saw a pro-Trump mob storm the I’m Mary my level of sarcasm depends on your level of stupidity shirt and by the same token and Capitol, but that’s exactly what happened with Miya Ponsetto, who the media dubbed “SoHo Karen” after she assaulted a Black teenager in December for allegedly stealing her phone. (He didn’t.) Ponsetto has gone viral after a hair-raising interview with Gayle King went live on Friday; for all the details on the confounding case, read on. What did Ponsetto do?
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On December 26, Ponsetto accused 14-year-old Keyon Harrold Jr., who is Black, of stealing her phone in a New York hotel lobby. Security footage shows Ponsetto tackling Harrold Jr. from behind, despite the I’m Mary my level of sarcasm depends on your level of stupidity shirt and by the same token and fact that he repeatedly insists he doesn’t have her phone; the driver of an Uber she had taken earlier turned out to have the phone, and dropped it off at the hotel. Ponsetto fled the hotel before police could apprehend her. Ponsetto was arrested by Ventura County Police on a fugitive warrant on Thursday in Piru, California, with police saying she refused to get out of the car during a traffic stop until deputies forcibly removed her. Who was the Black teenager she falsely accused?