Police say a teenage son of jazz musician Gion Harold has been forcibly arrested for allegedly stealing his phone at a New York City hotel and falsely accusing him of assaulting him on camera.
Ventura County Sheriff’s Venture County Sheriff’s Cooperation has arrested 22 – year – old Mia Poncetto on a warrant for fleeing her home Thursday in front of her home in Brew, California.
A spokeswoman for the Ventura County Sheriff told NBC News on Thursday that authorities did not stop her car until after Ponce had reached her home. Authorities forcibly removed Fonseca from the vehicle, he resisted arrest, refused to get out of the car, and tried to knock on the car door on one of the deputies, a spokesman said. It is not immediately clear what charges Fonseca faces, but he is being extradited to New York.
In an interview on Thursday, attorney Sharon Cutton said her client, who was not a guest at the hotel but wanted to do a check-in, left her items unattended in the lobby when she went to retrieve an item from Starbucks in the lounge.
When she came out, Poncetto realized that her phone was missing and asked several people in the lobby, including the “Asian man,” if they had picked up the phone, Catton said.
Cotton said the next person he heard was Harolds, who got out of the elevator. In a one-minute viral video of the December 26 incident, Ponzeto blamed the Harold family before reporting his missing phone to management.
Tensions escalated as Fonseca allegedly assaulted 14-year-old Keon Harold Jr. police in New York City, saying the father had “scratches on the hand” but no other injuries were reported. His father suggested that racism played a role in the debate.
In an interview on Thursday, Katan, who represents Poncetto in an unrelated case, doubled up on Poncetto’s mental health issues and said the incident was “not about race.”
“He suffers from a lot of anxiety attacks,” Cotton said. “She was alone … 22 years old in a city she didn’t know, there was absolutely no one there and everything on her phone was about it.”
Catton said he was concerned about Fonseca’s well-being and that he was “emotionally and mentally ill.”
On Tuesday, the attorney confirmed that his client had left his phone in a Uber. Katan said the argument would not have happened if the Uber driver had returned his phone 15 minutes earlier.
“She lost her mind for a hot minute. She’s sorry,” Catton said. “Unfortunately, this poor Harolds had to deal with the consequences.”
Catton said his client “wants to move forward and put this behind her.”
According to court documents, Ponsetto was charged with public drug and battery in connection with the February 28 Beverly Hills hotel incident. He was arrested on May 28 for driving under the influence of Van News in California, court documents show.
Cotton said an investigation into allegations related to the Beverly Hills incident is scheduled for this month. In September, a judge in the Van News Courthouse West sentenced Fonseca to three years in prison.
Cotton said she could not access Ben Crum, a civil rights lawyer representing the Harold family.
More than 100,000 people signed the online petition released by Crumb, who called on Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr. to bring the attack and battery charges against Fonseca.
“Keon Harold Jr. will live with this trauma, the weight of racism on the shoulders of another generation,” Crump wrote. Report. “He deserves more than this treatment!”
A Manhattan DA spokesman previously said the office was “fully investigating the incident.”
At a news conference on December 30, Harold, Crump and the Rev. He spoke publicly with Al Sharpton about the incident.
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“In New York City – even in major New York City I can not come down and go to Bruns without being attacked and accused of anything wrong,” Harold said. “The idea of trauma is beyond any accusation so far.”
“I want my son to grow up full-grown,” Harold said.
A Interview with ABC’s “Good Morning America” On December 29, Harold Jr. said he was “shell-shocked” about the incident.
“I’m going to ask her why she would do something like this to a child who has never met you,” she said.