A subway commuter was slashed late in the evening on Christmas by a woman who allegedly made racist comments before attacking him. According to police, Stephanie Pazmino, 30, stabbed a 44-year-old man in his face and arm after telling him "I don't want to sit next to black people."
Both Pazmino and the victim, who the Post identified as Ijan Jarret, had been riding a Bronx-bound 4 train just after 11 p.m. Sunday night. According to the tabloid, Jarret had been commuting home after working at a hair salon in New Jersey.
"Two girls came on the train," Jarret told the Post. "The heavy-set girl was standing over me. I asked her, 'Would you like to sit next to your friend?' she said, 'Oh no, no. I'm good.'" It was then that Pazmino told her companion she didn't want to sit next to Jarret because he was black. "I moved. I got up and I said, 'Okay, you don't have to sit next to me," he recalled.
As the train pulled in to the 125th Street station, Pazmino allegedly attacked Jarret, slicing him with a 2 inch blade, the Daily News reports.
“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 told the News. An NYPD spokesperson told Gothamist Jarret was transported to Harlem hospital, treated, and later released. Jarrett told the Daily News he was unsure if he had been targeted because he is transgender.
Pazmino was arrested and charged with hate crime assault, reckless endangerment, and criminal possession of a weapon.