Sometimes, empathy is a good thing to have, even for the ladies we discuss here who have committed crimes ranging in severity from mischievous to murderous. But sometimes, you just want to throw someone in a deep, dark pit and forget about them. That is perhaps the case with Stephanie Pazmino, 30, who allegedly stabbed a transgender man who offered her a seat on the subway.
It was Christmas night, an evening on which most people try to be a little bit kinder. Stephanie was on the southbound No. 4 train with her cousin at about 11 p.m. Ijan DaVonte Jarrett, 44, is a black transgender man, who was also a passenger on the train that night. He offered to move aside so that Stephanie and her cousin could have a seat and she allegedly declined, telling her cousin in Spanish that she preferred not to sit with black people.
Ijan got up anyhow, telling her she did not have to sit by him, and moved to another seat on the train. The rest of the ride was fairly uneventful, according to Ijan, until the train got to Stephanie’s stop. Then, she allegedly got up and began attacking Ijan, who was so stunned, he said he didn’t even realize she was stabbing him at first. A bystander intervened during the attack and a ticket attendant called police.
Stephanie has been charged with assault as a hate crime. Ijan was taken to a hospital and will be okay. He told the New York Daily News he’s not sure if Stephanie attacked him because he is black, or because he is black and transgender.