Ijan Jarrett is now recovering after a brutal attack on the New York City subway system left him injured. Police are investigating the situation as a hate crime.
The assault occurred on the uptown 4 train. Jarett was on his way home from working at a hair salon. “I don’t know why she did it, because I didn’t do anything to provoke her,” said Jarrett to The New York Post.
“Two girls came on the train,” recalled Jarrett. “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.’”
One of those women, later identified as Stephanie Pazmino, would go on to insult Jarrett and loudly proclaim her hatred of black people.
“I moved. I got up and I said, ‘Okay, you don’t have to sit next to me,’” Jarett said. Suddenly, Jarett found himself at the end of flurry of fists. “[She] punched me on top of my head. I didn’t know I was being stabbed,” Jarrett said.
“She stabbed me right under my left eye, on the back of my hand and on my left arm. She was screaming and hollering the whole time.”
Jarrett escaped the situation after a bystander intervened to help him.
According to the New York Daily News, Pazimino was arrested on 125th shortly after the incident. She was charged with assault as a hate crime, reckless endangerment and weapons possession. They also added that "Jarrett ... didn’t know if he was also targeted because he’s transgender."