A teen who slashed the face of a Greenwich Village busboy told cops he did it because he wanted to show he’s not a “p—sy,” according to recently released court papers.
Domincio Howington, 16, admitted he was in Silver Spurs restaurant Feb. 17 asking for fake donations for a basketball team when Bobby Barbot asked him to leave and escorted him out.
“He gave me a little shove,” the teen told cops Feb. 23. “I called him a name under my breath….He took a swing and hit me. I hit the tree. I’m not a p—sy so I went up to him and sliced him.”
Barbot, 25, was cut from his cheek to his chin and needed 130 stitches, said assistant district attorney Eun-Ha Kim.
Howington admitted that Barbot was walking back into the restaurant when he flipped open the red-handled knife.
“He had his hand on the inner door of the vestibule to open it when I sliced him in the face,” the teen allegedly told police. “I aimed for his face. He shouldn’t have touched me. I have to show my face at that place.”
Defense lawyer Wendell Cruz argued that Barbot acted as the aggressor.
“He punched my client in the face,” the attorney said Wednesday in Manhattan Supreme Court. “My client was in fact injured and suffered a laceration to his mouth.”
But Kim countered that Barbot was retreating when Howington pursued him and slashed him. “This is not a case of justification or self-defense,” she said. “He was intentionally aiming for the complainant’s face.”
Howington faces two counts of first-degree assault. Prosecutors recommended a sentence of five years in prison in exchange for a guilty plea.
He’s due back in court May 11.
Via NY POST