Mia Ponceto, a 22-year-old woman from California who dealt with a black teenager and accused him of stealing an iPhone in December, was indicted and charged in a criminal court on Saturday in New York.
Ponceto has been charged with attempted robbery, grand theft, child abuse and two counts of attempted assault, Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance said in a statement from The Hill office.
Judge Michael Frischman allowed Ponceto to be released on bail without bail. In addition, Grammy-winning jazz musician Kane Harold and his son Kane Harold Jr., the 14-year-old victim attacked by Ponsetto, received protection orders.
Ponceto was arrested Thursday in California for assaulting a teenage girl at the Arlo SoHo boutique hotel in New York on December 26. Videos from the incident, published by police, show that Ponceto accused Harold of stealing her missing cell phone and then threw herself at him and took him to the floor after he informed her that she had made a mistake.
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Ponceto was transferred to the NYPD detention center shortly after her arrest, during which she resisted, CBS reported.
Although there are no convictions, Ponceto has three open cases in California, the Manhattan District Attorney said. She will then appear in court on March 29, 2021.
After footage of the meeting went viral, many accused Ponceto, dubbed “SoHo Karen,” of racial profiling of Harold.
On Thursday, Ponceto’s lawyer spoke publicly about the incident, saying the teenager’s race was not a motivating factor for her actions.
“This phone may have been in the hands of a 90-year-old grandmother, an Asian … someone black or blue,” lawyer Sharon Gatan said, according to NBC News. Her actions are the result of letting her “make the most of her emotions” because she is “young,” Gatan added.
Gatan did not immediately respond to The Hill’s request for comment.
During a video interview with CBS Gail KingGayle KingCBS News President Zirinsky wins fourth prize at National Press Club The Morning Report – Presented by UAE – US records 1 million cases of COVID-19 per week; governors are dealing with Obama, said his “initial instinct” during Joe Wilson’s 2009 outbreak was to “hit that man on the head” MOREPonceto apologized for hurting the boy’s feelings, but defended his actions.
“Racism is …” Ponceto began to say before stepping back, adding, “How does a girl accuse a man of a phone crime?”
The 22-year-old woman caught in front of the camera, who allegedly physically attacked a 14-year-old teenager from Black and falsely accused him of stealing her phone, was arrested in California.
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Ben Crump, a civil rights activist and lawyer representing 14-year-old Kane Harold Jr., had previously called for a “civil rights investigation” into the incident. Police told CBS News they did not view the case as an addictive incident.