Stephanie Pazmino, 30, who police said committed a hate crime by stabbing transman Ijan Jarrett was released without bail Friday after a Manhattan grand jury failed to indict her.
Stephanie Pazmino, who says she stabbed Ijan Jarrett in self-defense, pleaded guilty to a marijuana possession violation.
She was fined $5 by Criminal Court Judge Charlotte Davidson after Manhattan prosecutors said there was no grand jury action by the Friday deadline.
Jarrett was slashed late in the evening on Christmas by Stephanie Pazmino who allegedly made racist comments before attacking him. According to police, Stephanie Pazmino, 30, stabbed the 44-year-old transgender 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 into the 125th Street station, Pazmino allegedly attacked Jarret, slicing him with a 2-inch blade, the Daily News reports.
The judge waived the $4,000 bail set at Pazmino’s initial arraignment and released her until her next court date of Feb. 21 according to The NY Daily News.