(EDGE) A New York City woman was arrested after allegedly stabbing a black transgender man who offered his seat to her on a subway Christmas night. She has been charged with assault as a hate crime, the New York Daily News reports.
Ijan DaVonte Jarrett, 44, offered his seat to Stephanie Pazmino, 30, who was riding the subway in Harlem with her cousin around 11:05 p.m. on Dec. 25. Pazmino refused the offer, however, allegedly telling her cousin in Spanish that she didn't want to sit next to a black person, sources told the NYDN.
"I got up anyway and said to her that she didn't have to sit next to me," Jarrett, a hairstylist who was on his way home from a Christmas Day job, told the newspaper. "I took a seat across from her and just forgot all about it."
On her way exiting the train, Pazmino allegedly started to punch Jarrett. He said he didn't realize he was stabbed until another man rushed to help him. The NYDN reports police sources say Pazmino stabbed Jarrett in the arm with a 2-inch knife and slashed 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.
He said he wasn't sure if he was targeted for being trans.
Cops arrested Pazmino, charging her with assault as a hate crime, reckless endangerment and weapons possession.