In the lobby of a hotel in New York City, Miya Ponsetto rushed to an African teenager accusing him of stealing her phone, but the incident apparently turned into a nightmare for the American girl who was later arrested in California.
In late December, the incident occurred, accusing Ponsetto Keon Harold Jr., 14, the son of a prominent jazz musician, of stealing her cell phone, and later a video went viral on social media screaming, “No, I will not let him walk away with my phone.”
During the video, Ponsetto asked for help from a man who overheard he was identifying himself as a hotelier, and the video continues to show the manager asking the young man to show the mobile phone in an apparent attempt to confirm her claims.
It was later revealed that the Uber driver had found Ponsetto’s phone later in the day and that she had picked it up from the hotel, only to face charges of racism and theft for her actions.
The video sparked a state of panic on social media, as it became another example of what the owners of African assets in the United States are subjected to unfounded accusations while simply going about their lives, by publishing musician Keon Harold the video on his account and his conversation with the American newspaper “New York Times“. About the incident.
Accusations prosecute Ponsetto
A New York Police official familiar with the case said Ponsetto is facing a third-degree theft charge because she was seen in the video rushing into the teen and trying to seize his cellphone.
The official, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said that Ponsetto has not been formally charged yet. She is not accused of a hate crime or prejudice, “because she did not say anything about it.”
A law enforcement official familiar with the investigation stated that prosecutors are not ruling out the possibility of additional charges being brought.
During a television interview, Friday, Ponsetto appeared on CBS News and said her actions were not racially motivated, and instead presented herself as a young woman who could have dealt with the situation better.
Her lawyer said that the interview was an opportunity to apologize, but Ponsetto deviated from the text and was confused during her narration and ended with widespread mockery online.
The lawyer said, “What concerns me now is her mental health and safety. She is behaving in a strange way,” adding, “I was embarrassed for her.”
After the interview, Miya Ponsettolife was turned upside down, and she was arrested hours later by California authorities.
The arrest in California came after more than a week of increasing pressure on the New York Police Department to hold it accountable, as officials in both the Ventura County Sheriff’s office and the New York Police Department noted that it is not uncommon for authorities to cooperate when someone facing charges flees to another state.
Mia Ponsetto was arrested in Ventura County, California, on Friday.
Ponsetto appeared in court in California on Friday and was later transferred to New York to face burglary and other charges.