White Woman Who Falsely Accused Black Teen, Miya Ponsetto, Arrested

White Woman Who Falsely Accused Black Teenager of Stealing iPhone Has Been Arrested

Miya Ponsetto arrested
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An arrest has finally been made! The White woman who falsely accused the 14-year-old son of a jazz musician of stealing her iPhone at a SoHo hotel has been detained and arrested for the assault that was captured on video surveillance tape at the Arlo Hotel in New York. She has been identified as Miya Ponsetto.

Civil rights attorney Ben Crump announced the development on his Twitter account.

The lawyer for the family of Keyon Harrold Jr. released a statement on the arrest, which Crump shared.

“This is not about an apology from someone who until a few days ago was claiming she did nothing wrong, and in fact alleged Keyon Harrold Sr. had assaulted her. Someone who targeted a 14-year-old Black child because of the color of his skin. What it is about is significant, societal change. It’s about a system that condones and emboldens racial profiling and considers Black people guilty until proven innocent,” the statement read. “A system that exists and thrives because of institutions like the Arlo Hotel who enables the disturbing behavior of people like Miya Ponsetto, and instead of stopping the racist attack on our son, threw gasoline on the fire.”

According to NBC New York, Ponsetto was arrested and placed into custody Thursday evening by Ventura County Sheriff deputies. A spokesperson for Ventura County Sheriff said Ponsetto was approached at a traffic stop but refused to stop until she reached her home. She resisted arrest, refusing to get out of the car and trying to slam the car door on one of the deputies. She had to be forcibly removed from the vehicle.