'Soho Karen' Miya Ponsetto has been spotted at Los Angeles International Airport with a drink in hand after leaving New York, where she was arraigned on assault charges for attacking 14-year-old Keyon Harrold Jr, claiming he stole her phone.
The 22-year-old was unapologetic and defiant as she walked through the airport Sunday afternoon, repeating her claim that Keyon Jr stole her phone.
When asked 'Why do you think that kid took your phone, was it because he was black?' she said, 'No, because he did.'
She was filmed attacking Keyon Jr at the Arlo hotel in Soho, Manhattan on December 26, prompting his father prominent jazz trumpeter Keyon Harrold Sr to intervene.
On Sunday was seen wearing a denim jacket, black crop top, maroon leggings and the same 'Daddy' cap that she wore during her on-air interview with CBS This Morning’s Gayle King.Insurance Loans Mortgage Attorney Credit Lawyer
It has been revealed that Ponsetto is also being investigated for allegedly smashing a door at an Airbnb apartment with a fire extinguisher the same day as the Arlo hotel incident, according to the New York Post.
At her arraignment a judge said she did not require bail and she has not been ordered to wear a monitoring ankle bracelet, but was Ponsetto was warned to attend all her court dates.
'Soho Karen' Miya Ponsetto, 22, touched down at Los Angeles International Airport with a drink in hand on Sunday afternoon after leaving New York, where she was arraigned on assault charges for attacking 14-year-old Keyon Harrold Jr, claiming he stole her phone
The 22-year-old was unapologetic and defiant as she walked through the airport Sunday afternoon with a drink secured in her hand. She repeated her claim that Keyon Harrold Jr, 14, stole her phone
She was seen wearing a denim jacket, black crop top, maroon leggings and the same 'Daddy' cap that she wore during her on-air interview with CBS This Morning’s Gayle King, where she insisted the incident wasn't 'racially motivated'
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Ponsetto had been extradited from California to attend the hearing at Red Hook Justice Center in Brooklyn, where the judge ruled that she did not require bail - but ordered her to return to New York City for her next court date in March
A close up view of Ponsetto's drink above. She has been charged with four felonies: attempted robbery, endangering welfare of a child, attempted grand larceny, and attempted assault. She also faces public intoxication, drunk driving and motor vehicle charges in California
In the Airbnb incident, Ponsetto allegedly tried to force her way into the East Village apartment building after she locked herself out.
Ponsetto’s attorney Paul D’Emilia said Sunday that the allegations came up during his client's arraignment and no charges have been filed for the door-bashing incident.
On Saturday, Ponsetto arrived at her New Jersey hotel late after being arraigned for the attack on Harrold.
Ponsetto had been extradited from California to attend the hearing at Red Hook Justice Center in Brooklyn, where the judge ruled that she did not require bail - but ordered her to return to New York City for her next court date in March.
She was flown to the Big Apple on Friday ahead of her court date, and was pictured being led out of the NYPD's First Precinct with cuffs around her wrists and ankles on Saturday afternoon as she was transported to Red Hook Justice Center.
A source told New York Daily News that she underwent a medical screening in Red Hook because she had just flown in from California, where coronavirus cases are high.
Ponsetto was charged with four felonies of attempted robbery, endangering the welfare of a child, attempted grand larceny, and attempted assault.
During the hearing, where she appeared before a video camera, Ponsetto repeated 'Hi' and asked; 'Can you guys hear me?' before the judge told her to stop.
'My recommendation is that you remain quiet right now,' said Judge Michael Frishman.
When asked on Sunday 'Why do you think that kid took your phone, was it because he was black?' she said, 'No, because he did.'
Ponsetto has been ordered to stay away from Keyon Jr and must return to New York for her March court date. Pictured leaving the LAX airport on Sunday
She kept her head down and defended herself insisting Keyon Jr stole her phone during the Arlo Hotel incident, even though the teen didn't have it, as she walked to a waiting car outside LAX airport on Sunday
'Soho Karen' Miya Ponsetto was spotted at an airport in New Jersey ahead of her flight back to California on Sunday morning
The 22-year-old refused to answer any questions once she arrived at the airport where she was photographed waiting to pass through airport security
Ponsetto was on her way to Los Angeles when she was photographed at the Newark airport
Judge Frishman said that under New York law, they could not impose bail on Ponsetto but warned her that she had to make all her court dates.
She also faces public intoxication, drunk driving and motor vehicle charges in California.
'Apparently, you have a lot of cases in California right now. You are gonna have to appear in all those court cases as well. Okay?' he asked.
Manhattan Assistant DA Sarah Marquez asked for the highest level of supervised release for Ponsetto for the attack which she called 'unprovoked.'
Ponsetto was ordered to attend Manhattan Criminal Court on March 29 for her next hearing.
The hearing comes hours after she had been flown back to New York City after her extradition hearing in Ventura County, California.
Before flying back to California on Sunday, Ponsetto was seen arriving at her New Jersey hotel late Saturday
The 22-year-old, who had been extradited from California to attend the hearing at Red Hook Justice Center in Brooklyn, checked in wearing the same clothes she'd been in all day - a purple crop top, black leggings, and a knitted beanie
The lawyer for the victims, Ben Crump, celebrated the charges on Twitter.
'Miya Ponsetto was charged with 4 FELONIES for her horrific attack on 14yo Keyon Harrold Jr!' he wrote.
'This is a good development, but management of @ArloHotels — owned by Quadrum Global — gave power to Miya's racist actions and must also be held accountable!!' Crump wrote.
Police arrested Ponsetto on a fugitive from justice warrant issued by New York Thursday afternoon following a brief car chase in her home state of California.
Ventura County Sheriff's deputies arrested Ponsetto after spotting her driving near her home in Piru, northwest of Los Angeles.
Authorities said she drove two blocks before finally stopping her vehicle but then refused to get out of the car.
'She tried to slam the door on one of the deputies and that's when they just reached in and forcibly removed her,' Ventura County Sheriff's spokesman Eric Buschow said.
Ponsetto was led out of the NYPD's 1st Precinct in handcuffs on Saturday, ahead of her arraignment that afternoon
Prosecutors charged Ponsetto with four felonies of attempted robbery, endangering the welfare of a child, attempted grand larceny, and attempted assault
Ponsetto was transported to Manhattan Criminal Court where she was arraigned Saturday afternoon
Senior Det Dominguez with the Sheriff's Fugitive Unit said he had read Ponsetto her rights when he arrested her and that she had signed a waiver agreeing to her extradition, according to New York Daily News
The sheriff's office are now asking county prosecutors in California to also charge her with resisting arrest.
On Friday, she appeared during a California court hearing by video. She spoke only once answering 'yes' when asked by Judge David M. Hirsch if she understood why she was there and then agreed to her extradition.
Tuttle, the Los Angeles public defender representing Ponsetto after she parted ways with her initial attorney, Sharen H. Ghatan, in recent days, agreed that the woman had 'no objection' to the extradition.
'I did speak with Ms Ponsetto prior to court, and that is correct, she has signed the waiver and she has no objection to being transported to New York,' Tuttle said.
Her attorney did not request for her to be released on bail.