Stabbing suspect came from Maryland to kill black men in NYC
- Author: Leroy Wright Apr 02, 2017,
Apr 02, 2017, 23:04
"Mr Jackson regarded the killing as practice prior to going to Times Square to kill additional black men", according to court documents obtained by the New York Daily News. He told them they "needed" to arrest him, confirmed he was a member of a white supremacist group, and revealed that he killed Timothy "out of a twisted rage against black men", according to police.
A white man who traveled to New York City to harm black people turned himself in with knives in his pocket at a Manhattan police station on Wednesday, police said, a day after police say he fatally stabbed a black man in an attack on a sidewalk.
Prosecutors said Jackson plunged a 2ft sword into the chest of Caughman, a self-described "can and bottle recycler", as Caughman bent over a trash bin near his home. Surveillance video obtained by detectives shows him walking closely behind several black men, nearly as if he was stalking them, investigators said.
Caughman had been picking through thrash in midtown Manhattan on Monday when Jackson, who had concealed a 26-inch mini-sword in a long overcoat, walked up and repeatedly stabbed the unsuspecting Caughman.
She says he was angered in particular by black men who date white women. A bleeding Caughman went to a NYPD station, and officers took him to a nearby hospital where he died from his wounds. Monday night at about 11:30 p.m., when Jackson was wandering near Ninth Avenue and West 36th Street, police said he encountered Timothy Caughman, an African American man, and attacked him.
Marcus Dagan (dah-GAHN') said he informally helped manage a Baltimore building where suspect James Harris Jackson lived in 2014 and 2015. He allegedly wrote a manifesto about attacking blacks in New York City, police said. The Times reports that police recovered Jackson's laptop and cell phone and are waiting on a warrant to search them.
Dagan said Jackson moved out in 2015 without paying.
Jackson ended up serving a little more than three years with the Army, bouncing from Fort Leonard Wood in Missouri to Fort Huachuca in Arizona before a tour in Afghanistan from December 2010 to November 2011, Army officials said. The circumstances of his discharge were not immediately clear; the Army withholds such details, citing privacy laws. He confessed to his crime to the police early Wednesday, the New York Times reported.
Speaking on his weekly #AskTheMayor radio program, de Blasio likened the repeated stabbing of Timothy Caughman, 66, to the 2015 shootings in SC of nine churchgoers, this week's attack in London the killed four and other terrorist attacks.
New York Mayor Bill de Blasio denounced the disturbing incident in a statement Wednesday, calling it an "unspeakable human tragedy" and an assault on the city's "inclusiveness and diversity". "No act of violence can undermine who we are".