Woman Who Falsely Accused Black Teen Of Phone Theft Claims She Was Assaulted

Written by on December 30, 2020

A lady accused of assaulting the 14-year-old Black son of outstanding jazz musician Keyon Harrold after she falsely accused him of stealing her cellphone has reportedly claimed that she was, in reality, the one assaulted and {that a} viral video of Saturday’s incident doesn’t painting her precisely.

“That’s not who I’m,” the 22-year-old instructed CNN on the situation of anonymity as a consequence of security considerations. “I really … strive very onerous to ensure that I’m all the time doing the best factor.” 

The girl was inside New York’s Arlo SoHo lodge in decrease Manhattan when she thought that somebody had stolen her cellphone. She instructed CNN that she demanded to see the lodge’s surveillance video after which requested another person within the foyer to “empty their pocket” earlier than confronting Harrold’s son, who she stated had an iPhone in his again pocket.

“That’s when every thing acquired a bit extra severe,” the girl stated.

A video shared by musician Keyon Harrold shows the woman trying to take his son's cellphone away from him while accusing the

A video shared by musician Keyon Harrold exhibits the girl attempting to take his son’s cellphone away from him whereas accusing the kid of getting stolen it from her.

Video taken by Harrold and posted to social media exhibits the girl, who seems to be white, repeatedly lunging at his son whereas attempting to take his iPhone. The girl requires assist from a lodge supervisor, who, over Harrold’s objection, asks to see the boy’s telephone.

“You don’t have to clarify nothing to her,” Harrold tells his son because the frenzied girl calls for that the boy’s telephone case be eliminated and the telephone given to her.

Harrold, later talking with The New York Occasions, stated that his telephone’s video minimize off simply as the girl tackled his son and tried to look his pockets. Harrold could be heard saying, “Get your fingers off,” instantly earlier than the video ends.

In some unspecified time in the future after the confrontation, Harrold stated, an Uber driver confirmed up with the girl’s lacking telephone.

In her retelling of the occasions to CNN, the girl stated that she was the one assaulted within the lodge’s foyer. She reportedly agreed to supply proof that may affirm her assault allegation however then stopped responding to the information outlet’s telephone calls and textual content messages.

The New York Police Division on Tuesday stated that after reviewing video of the incident, it plans to convey costs in opposition to the girl. These costs could embody assault, grand larceny or tried theft. 

“Our perpetrator initially began a verbal argument of this accusation after which tried to assault our teenager by grabbing for his telephone, grabbing his leg and attempting to sort out him. Our sufferer didn’t endure any accidents. However his father, who he was with, acquired slight accidents,” Chief of Detectives Rodney Harrison stated at a press briefing.

An NYPD spokesperson later instructed NBC New York that the division has recognized the girl however on the time had not but interviewed her. Although Harrold and others have steered that the incident concerned racial profiling, the spokesperson stated police should not investigating it as a bias assault.


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