When you offer a person your seat in a New York City subway and become the victim of a hate crime instead only because of the color of your skin and sexuality, the world in which we once lived where chivalry was the norm when riding on a subway train in New York City, no longer exist.
That’s what happened to Ijan DaVonte Jarrett, 44, a transgender black male when he offered to give up his seat to a female passenger.
According to law enforcement Ijan DaVonte Jarret offered Stephanie Pazimano, 30, his seat on a southbound No. 4 train with a cousin. The woman declined the seat and then she told her companion that she was not comfortable sitting with black people.
The victim told authorities that after the woman refused to take the seat he got up from the seat anyway and told the Pazmino that “She didn’t have to sit next to [him].”
“I took a seat across from her and just forgot all about it,” said Jarrett.
When the train came to a halt, Pazmino acted as if she was about to exit the train but instead began punching Jarret. Jarret later realize he was actually being stabbed when another man rush to help him.
Jarret was stuck in the arm with a 2-inch knife and suffered a serious cut on his face, according to police sources.
Jarret said he remembers running to “the ticket booth to ask the attendant to call the police, she stated that she did and that [he] should sit down. And [he] passed out after that.”
When paramedic arrived on the scene Jarret was taken to Harlem Hospital.
Authorities were able to catch up to the assailant at the corner of 125th St. and Lexington Avenue. Pazmino faces chargers of assault as a hate crime, reckless endangerment and weapons possession, according to reports.