Ventura County Woman Arrested for Assault in New York

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Source: Ventura County Sheriff's Office

Nature of Incident: Woman wanted for assault in New York arrested in Piru
Report Number: 21-2852
Location: Marina Circle, Piru, Ca.
Date & Time: January 7, 2021 @ 4:30 pm
Unit(s) Responsible: Ventura County Sheriff’s Office / New York Police Department
(S)uspects, (V)ictims, (P)arty, (D)ecedent

City of Residence

(S) Ponsetto, Miya Piru, Ca. 22

A Piru woman was arrested Thursday afternoon for a fugitive warrant in connection with a recent assault at a New York City hotel.
Sheriff’s deputies contacted Miya Ponsetto during a traffic stop near her home in Piru. She did not stop for deputies until she reached her residence, and she refused to get out of the car. Deputies forcibly removed her from the vehicle and arrested her for the outstanding warrant. Ponsetto was booked at the Pre-Trial Detention Facility in Ventura, where she is being held without bail for the fugitive warrant. She will remain in local custody pending an extradition hearing. Detectives from the New York Police Department arrived in Ventura County on Thursday morning to help coordinate the arrest.


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d8vanilla Jan 08, 2021 12:44 PM
Ventura County Woman Arrested for Assault in New York

She's the woman that accused the young Black guy of stealing her cell phone, and physically attacked him inside the lobby of the hotel they were staying at. Really good interview, which I found on YouTube, before she was arrested.....

a-1610154289 Jan 08, 2021 05:04 PM
Ventura County Woman Arrested for Assault in New York

Do a search. TMZ has the whole story. She has 2 DUI arrests, the 2nd one while on probation from the first DUI. First one was Sept 28 (Malibu) and plead no contest, got 3 years probation. Second one was in Ventura County on October 3rd and is in the courts now, after a not guilty plea.

sacjon Jan 08, 2021 02:03 PM
Ventura County Woman Arrested for Assault in New York

DUKE - not really. If you are wanted for a crime in one state, then flee to another, the cops from the first state are probably going to come get you when the cops in the other state tell them they got you.

dukemunson Jan 08, 2021 02:06 PM
Ventura County Woman Arrested for Assault in New York

I guess...interesting article here from USA Today that kind of says the opposite. It seems like the moral of the story is don't commit assault...but if you do...hope it doesn't make National News for whatever reason because then you are screwed!!! No national news, per the article:

"Across the United States, police and prosecutors are allowing tens of thousands of wanted felons — including more than 3,300 people accused of sexual assaults, robberies and homicides — to escape justice merely by crossing a state border, a USA TODAY investigation found."

dukemunson Jan 08, 2021 02:17 PM
Ventura County Woman Arrested for Assault in New York

Roger -

Agreed she needs to be arrested...just interesting all around as it doesn't seem like assaults in which there are no injuries are ever extradited. ObviouslydDoesn't make it right...just an interesting quirk of our justice system and an interesting usage of resources. Considering we pretty much aren't jailing anyone, I guess I was just assuming they'd track her down at some point and hit her with a fine or something.

As per that same USA Today article:

"Each fugitive's case is chronicled in a confidential FBI database that police use to track outstanding warrants. In 186,873 of those cases, police indicated that they would not spend the time or money to retrieve the fugitive from another state, a process known as extradition. That's true even if the fugitives are just across a bridge in the state next door. Another 78,878 felony suspects won't be extradited from anyplace but neighboring states.

Few places are immune. Police in Philadelphia, Atlanta and Little Rock — all among the nation's highest-crime cities — told the FBI they wouldn't pursue 90% or more of their felony suspects into other states. Los Angeles police said they would not extradite 77 people for murder or attempted murder, 141 for robbery and 84 for sexual assault.

dukemunson Jan 08, 2021 07:53 PM
Ventura County Woman Arrested for Assault in New York

That’s true roger... it is high profile! And while I’d probably prefer our fully funded police use their resources in slightly more pressing spots as it seems like a lot of crime isn’t being followed up with/on... I certainly am glad to see shitty people that are committing crimes be held accountable! Which certainly wouldn’t happen if we defunded the police!!!!!

a-1610173827 Jan 08, 2021 10:30 PM
Ventura County Woman Arrested for Assault in New York

Considering the number of people who get away with assaults such as this, it's about time more high-profile cases are prosecuted. Like Amy Cooper, whose victim acted like a saint. More should be pursued, including the D.C. rioters. Equal justice is a good thing.

dukemunson Jan 08, 2021 10:39 PM
Ventura County Woman Arrested for Assault in New York

Equal justice? Literally hundreds of thousands of felons haven’t been pursued across state lines. She deserves punishment... but she’s getting extra justice. Probably (and seemingly) deservedly.. but high profile cases make the DA’s care

a-1610258198 Jan 09, 2021 09:56 PM
Ventura County Woman Arrested for Assault in New York

lol! If you didn't see her interview on Good Morning America, (is that where it was?) w/Gayle King, she was wearing a black cap with "Daddy" on it. Whut?!! What does that even mean?! Why? What? lol!

xpander Jan 08, 2021 02:31 PM
Ventura County Woman Arrested for Assault in New York

Reading some of her quotes- "I admit yes, I could have approached the situation differently or maybe not yelled at him like that and made him feel ... as if I was like hurting his feelings. That's not my intention. I consider myself to be super sweet" Sure you do kiddo, sure you do. "How would you feel if you were alone in New York and you know you were going to spend time with your family during the holidays and you lose the one thing that gets stolen from you that has all of the access to the only way that you're able to get back home?" Not like there are numerous other ways to contact family or flight info. Okay kiddo. "Yes, the footage shows me attacking his son. Of attacking him how? Yelling at him yes. OK I apologize, can we move on?" ""I don't feel that is who I am as a person. I don't feel like this one mistake does define me, but I do sincerely, from the bottom of my heart, apologize ... if I made the son feel as if I assaulted him or if I hurt his feelings or his father's feelings." As other articles and her own lawyer suggest, she's not mentally well. The fact that she didn't stop for police when they were trying to pull her over is all the info you really need. Stoked to see the NYPD head out here to get her, epic!

a-1610173607 Jan 08, 2021 10:26 PM
Ventura County Woman Arrested for Assault in New York

And there is video of her with her hands on, aka attacking the teen she accused.
Yeah, it's TMZ. I've seen it other places, not going to look further. Info on her DUI too.

dukemunson Jan 08, 2021 10:50 PM
Ventura County Woman Arrested for Assault in New York

Which is good... but that does seem like a lot of money/effort/expense for an assault where no one was hurt... right? There have been a lot of fights on edhat about funding/defunding the police... this is a huge expense. I’m all for funding the police... this just seems expensive... no?

fewtile Jan 09, 2021 07:53 AM
Ventura County Woman Arrested for Assault in New York

Ah....seems a bit over the top, to come out here to get her after the fact. Would this have taken place had it been a white teenager assaulted, and not been on TMZ? The recent DUIs kinda indicate a person in a mental health 'crisis'. She panicked when she lost her phone and went after the kid. It boils down to a real waste of resources and certainly could have been handled in a better fashion. "We're gonna make this kids'(basically) life miserable" for the next year for... what (did anyone get physically hurt, sustain major injuries).

seahorse Jan 09, 2021 12:04 PM
Ventura County Woman Arrested for Assault in New York

I agree with Fewtile, all the hallmarks of mental illness such as bipolar disorder. She can’t filter information to control her actions. Apparently she questioned other people in the lobby about her phone but when she saw the teenager with an iPhone she couldn’t fathom that it wasn’t her phone. I doubt race had anything to do with her actions. If she had been appropriately punished/treated after her first DUI she would be in a better place today. Instead, it seems that others enabled her continued misbehavior.

tagdes Jan 10, 2021 11:55 AM
Ventura County Woman Arrested for Assault in New York

BigDD8 Some people watch other news sources so I'm sure that Edhat apologizes for you having to hear about a story a whole 63.2 miles away from us as compared to a mere 61.5 up north if using the Cachuma cutoff. The fact that it was also on national news because the black juveniles' father prominent jazz trumpeter Keyon Harrold called the police on the "Soho Karen" was another case social injustice.

dukemunson Jan 10, 2021 12:11 PM
Ventura County Woman Arrested for Assault in New York

Yeah I agree it’s close enough (and notable enough) to warrant inclusion on edhat. I remain perplexed/amazed at the monetary expenditure to come out here to extradite her for a crime that no one gets extradited for... but therein lies the peril in assaulting someone! It can turn out to be someone famous and your getting held on no bail! (Not to mention of course that in virtually every situation it’s not only illegal but just plain wrong to assault someone else)!

Emmenanthe Jan 09, 2021 10:41 AM
Ventura County Woman Arrested for Assault in New York

Her behavior when police attempted to stop her seems to reflect quite a bit of experience - on the wrong side of the law. As does her brash expression in the photo. Glad they caught her.

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