A Black transgender man was stabbed after doing something kind on Christmas night: offering his seat to a woman on the subway.
Ijan DaVonte Jarrett, 44, was riding the subway home from work in Bayonne around 11pm when he offered his seat to a woman who was riding with her cousin. The woman, Stephanie Pazmino (30), refused the seat and then said, “I don’t want to sit next to black people” in Spanish according to police.
No one would’ve expected that Jarrett would soon be the victim of a violent assault.
“I got up anyway and said to her that she didn’t have to sit next to me,” said Jarrett, according to The New York Daily News. “I took a seat across from her and just forgot all about it.”
But things quickly escalated when Pazmino prepared to get off of the train. Suddenly, she started punching and stabbing Jarrett with a two-inch knife that she was carrying, resulting in a stab wound in his arm and a slash to his face.
“I ran to the ticket booth to ask the attendant to call the police, she stated that she did, and that I should sit down. And I passed out after that,” Jarrett said.
Pazmino was soon arrested and charged with assault as a hate crime, reckless endangerment and weapons possession and Jarrett was taken to Harlem Hospital.
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