Woman Who Accused Black Teen of Stealing Phone is Arrested

The arrest followed days of intense media coverage of the fracas at the hotel and demands by the teen's family and activists that she face criminal charges.

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NEW YORK (AP) — A woman who falsely accused a Black teenager of stealing her phone and then tackled him at a New York City hotel was arrested in her home state of California. Miya Ponsetto, 22, was jailed Thursday in Ventura County, a spokesperson for the sheriff’s office there said. It wasn’t immediately clear what charges she might face. The New York Police Department flew detectives out to California earlier Thursday with a warrant…

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