US Woman Who Falsely Accused Black Teen Faces Multiple Charges

Miya Taylor Ponsetto

A woman who wrongly accused a Black teenager of stealing her phone and tackled him at a New York City hotel has apologized but says she does not think she committed a crime.

The New York Police Department flew detectives out to speak with Ponsetto and to coordinate the arrest earlier Thursday. Ponsetto, who's from Piru in eastern Ventura County, then continues to pursue them, ordering the manager of New York City's Arlo Hotel to seize the phone she falsely claims is hers.

Miya Ponsetto, a 22-year-old woman from California, is arrested after an incident that proves her to be a racist.

While she has no criminal convictions, Ponsetto has three open cases in California, the Manhattan District Attorney's office said.

She then continued to explain how she could have done things a little differently, saying she should have: "Maybe not yelled at him like that, and made him feel you know, some sort of, uh, inferior way, making him feel as if I was like, hurting his feelings - that's not my intention".

Booking documents show that Miya Ponsetto was jailed Thursday in Ventura County. When she came to the interview, I told her the baseball hat wouldn't be something we could use in the interview.

A lawyer for Ponsetto insisted she hadn't fled NY to escape the NYPD.

On Friday (January 8th), Miya was interviewed by CBS "This Morning" host Gayle King about the incident. "I really never ever meant for it to, like, hurt him or his father". She dodged away from the statement given by the interviewer that said that it was a mistake from her side and the 14-year-old was innocent.

I can't show the full video here because of YouTube copyright laws, but if you head on over to my blog, you can see the full Gayle King interview. Deputies say they had to forcibly remove her from that vehicle.

Miya Ponsetto, the convict, gave a statement to a news source with regard to the incident that took place at the Arlo hotel.

The teen's father, jazz trumpeter Kenyon Harrold, recorded the video, in which he can be heard telling Ponsetto to leave his son alone. "You are 22 years old but you are old enough to know better", she says, and that's pretty much it right there.

"While Ponsetto was recently arrested, the trauma inflicted on my son is more significant than any charge".

King, however, presses Ponsetto on the racial ramifications of the incident, at which point Ponsetto makes a "stop" gesture and says, "Enough", as her lawyer turns and mutters something under her breath.

Ponsetto's lawyer, Sharen Ghatan, told the New York Daily News that she realized "within 10 to 15 minutes" after meeting up with her client that Ponsetto "was not well, not mentally fit to do any interviews".