New York Daily News
New footage released by the NYPD shows the moment an out-of-state woman tackled the teenage son of a promiment Black musician after wrongly accusing the youngster of stealing her iPhone at a SoHo hotel.
The video, released Wednesday night by NYPD Chief of Detectives Rodney Harrison, shows the woman rush 14-year-old Keyon Harrold Jr. in the Arlo Hotel on Saturday.
Keyon’s outraged father, Grammy-winning trumpet player Keyon Harrold, posted footage of the encounter to his Instagram account.
Police have yet to locate the woman, who Harrison has said could face assault and attempted robbery charges.
“On Saturday, December 26, the woman in this video falsely accused an innocent 14-year-old teenager of stealing her cellphone. She then proceeded to physically attack him and fled the location before police officers arrived on scene,” Harrison wrote on Twitter Wednesday night. “The @NYPDnews is requesting the public’s assistance locating the suspect in this video.”
In the elder Harrold’s Instagram video post of the encounter, the woman is shown demanding the teen hand back the “stolen” cell phone multiple times.
She then is seen lunging at the father and son, the video shows. An Uber driver dropped off her missing phone moments later, police said.
Harrold also blasted a hotel manager for questioning his son about the phone and demanding “What’s on your background?” before claiming, “I’m trying to settle this situation.”
“Now watch as the manager advocates for the lady who is not even a hotel guest, insisting and attempting to use his managerial authority to force my son to show his phone to this random lady,” Harrold wrote. “He actually empowered her!!! He didn’t even consider the fact we were actually the guests!”
Police are asking anyone with information about the woman to call Crime Stoppers at (800) 577-TIPS.
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