‘Soho Karen’ breaks silence after viral attack, activists demand arrest: ‘I’m Puerto Rican’
Miya Ponsetto, the woman captured in a viral video falsely accusing a 14-year-old black teenager of stealing her iPhone, has now broken her silence as activists in Los Angeles continue to demand her arrest.
According to reports, on Saturday, Ponsetto, was interviewed by a journalist for the first time since meeting with Keyon Harrold Jr. and his father at the Arlo Hotel in SoHo.
In the incident on December 26, she attacked both the teenager and his father – a Grammy-winning musician who made a point of recording what happened.
Although the incident took place in New York City, activists on the West Coast say that since Ponsetto lives in Los Angeles, they believe California police should arrest him. At their point, over the weekend, the woman was arrested by media on her way to McDonald’s in California.
“Do you have any regrets for what happened the other day?” The reporter asked, referring to the outcry for footage that showed her running towards Keyon, 14, grabbing him by the waist before pinning him to the ground.
“I’m fine,” replied the young woman now nicknamed “Soho Karen”. “Have a great day. Take care of yourself.”
“Are you worried the police are looking for you?” Urged the reporter. “Does the arrest warrant worry you? Why did you do it?”
“I’m actually 22, so I don’t know what the problem is here – and I’m Puerto Rican too,” she clarified before repeating once more, “Take care of yourself!”
On the same day as this exchange, civil rights activists gathered outside the LAPD North Hollywood police station to demand his arrest. Ponsetto is currently keeping a low profile at his family’s $ 389,000 home in Piru, California.
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