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Woman Accuses Renowned Jazz Musician’s Black Son Of Stealing Her Phone—Which She Actually Left In An Uber

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A new video showing a woman accusing a Black child of stealing her phone in a New York city hotel over the holiday weekend has left many on the internet furious.

According to eyewitnesses, the White woman attacked a Black man and his 14-year-old son shortly after they exited the elevator of the upscale hotel where the father and son were paying guests on Saturday. The woman had previously stayed at the hotel, but was not a guest at the time of the assault.

The video shows Grammy-winning jazz musician Keyon Harrold being yelled and lunged at by the woman while the hotel’s manager, a White man, defends her.

The incident happened over the weekend at the Arlo SoHo hotel in Manhattan.

 

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In his Instagram caption, Harrold summed up the altercation.

“This person quote on quote ‘lost’ her iPhone, and apparently, my son magically acquired it…”

In the video, the woman told the hotel’s manager the 14-year-old stole her phone.

Harrold’s son calmly told them the phone in his hand is his own, but his father quickly told him he owes her no explanation.

The woman then angrily commanded the child to prove it is not her phone in his hand.

She said:

“Take the case off. That’s mine.”

“Give it back to me.”

Harrold then pointed out the obvious—there are millions of iPhones out there that all look alike.

“Are you kidding me? You feel like there’s only one iPhone made in the world?”

He then suggested the woman use the iPhone’s Find My iPhone feature.

The hotel’s manager then stepped in to intervene and fully taking the side of the White woman—who was not a guest of the hotel—as she yelled, “Show me the proof,” repeatedly. When Harrold refused to cooperate with her demands, she lunged at him several times, physically attacking him.

As Harrold described it:

“This incident went on for five more minutes, me protecting my son from this lunatic. She scratched me; she Tackled and grabbed him.”

“He is a child!!!… think about the trauma that my son now has to carry, only coming downstairs to have box[ing] day brunch with his dad.”

In the end, it turned out the woman left her phone in an Uber.

Harrold said she never offered an apology.

“Then… her phone was magically returned by an Uber driver a few minutes after this incident. No apology from her after this traumatic situation to my son, not me.”

On social media, people were outraged by the incident, citing the woman’s sense of entitlement, her racial profiling and the hotel manager’s racial bias in immediately siding with and supporting the woman instead of his hotel guests.

 

 

Arlo Hotels eventually apologized in the comments of Harrold’s post and called the incident “inexcusable” in a statement to The Daily Dot. Any disciplinary action for the manager was not disclosed.

The woman has not yet been publicly  identified.

The New York City Police Department (NYPD) is investigating the incident. Police had not released the identity of the woman as of Monday afternoon.

John Sundholm

Written by John Sundholm

John Sundholm is a writer, video producer and performer originally from Michigan, and is one of those people who says he "lived in London for a while" even though it was only six weeks for study abroad. He made Ellen DeGeneres laugh once so you should probably follow him on Instagram, Twitter and Medium, where he does a lot of yelling under the name @JohntheCraptist.