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Soho Karen Miya Ponsetto is arrested in Ventura County, California

The woman who was dubbed ‘SoHo Karen’ when she attacked a black teen after falsely accusing him of stealing her iPhone at a New York City hotel has been arrested in California

Miya Ponsetto, 22, was taken into custody on a warrant from New York on Thursday after a brief car chase with police in Ventura County, California, the New York Daily News reported. 

‘They had to pull her out of the car. They did use physical force,’ Eric Buschow, a spokesman for the Ventura County Sheriff’s Department, told the outlet. 

‘She tried to slam the door on the leg of one of our deputies and so she was forcibly removed from the vehicle.’

Police launched an investigation into Ponsetto after she was filmed violently confronting Keyon Harrold Jr, the son of Grammy-winning jazz musician Keyon Harrold, at the Arlo Hotel in Manhattan on December 26. 

In a video recorded by Harrold Sr, Ponsetto was seen pushing and grabbing at the father and son, allegedly even scratching Keyon Sr’s hands as she attempted to snatch his cellphone, wrongly believing it to be hers. 

Moments after the scuffle concluded, her phone was reportedly found in an Uber and returned to her by the driver.  

Detectives with the NYPD flew to California to interview her this week after Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance signed off on charges of attempted robbery and felony fugitive from justice. 

She is being held without bail pending extradition to New York. 

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