Tuesday, a Baltimore man stabbed a Black man he’d never met in his life to death in Midtown New York. When he was “captured” by NYPD, the 28-year-old White man told cops that he’d come to New York, specifically to kill African American men, say sources.
He’d murdered 66-year-old Timothy Caughman, simply because of the color of his skin.
The racist Baltimore man, James Harris Jackson, is an Army veteran. Authorities say he’s also a member of a documented Maryland hate group. Tuesday, some time after midnight, he surrendered to the police. He’d fatally stabbed an African American stranger to death in New York City near 9th Ave. and W. 36th St.
Sources say Jackson marched himself right into the Times Square substation, and gave himself up. He told the cops there that they “needed” to arrest him, and they would find the knife he’d used to stab the African American stranger in his coat.
“I’m the person you’re looking for.”
Later, during interviews with the police, he revealed his racist motivation for setting himself on a path to target and kill Black men. Jackson told cops that rage stems from Black men who [date] White women, said sources.
“It is believed he was specifically intending to target male blacks. It’s been well over 10 years that he has been harboring his hate towards blacks,” said NYPD Assistant Chief William Aubrey, head of Manhattan detectives.
“The reason why he chose New York because it is the media capital of the world and he wanted to make a statement.”
Video surveillance “proves that the victim was attacked because he was black,” he said.
When Jackson walked into the NYPD’s Times Square substation and announced he was their suspect, cops recognized him from pictures put out by the NYPD. Officers searched Jackson and found a knife on him and the 26-inch black sword used in the murder of Timothy Caughman, 66, of Manhattan.
Jackson randomly picked Caughman, as the older man was going through a waste bins looking for recyclables, Aubrey said.
He allegedly stabbed Caughman multiple times in the chest and back following an argument on the southeast corner of W. 36th St. and Ninth Ave. around 11:25 p.m. Monday, cops said.
“What are you doing?” Caughman was overheard saying to his attacker, who was seen stabbing him nearby on W. 39th St. and Ninth Ave.
After the attack, Caughman staggered nearly two blocks to the Midtown South Precinct stationhouse on W. 35th St., bleeding from his wounds.
Medics rushed him to Bellevue Hospital, but he could not be saved, officials said.
“It’s extremely distressing,” Police Commissioner James O’Neill said.
On Tuesday night, cops released surveillance video of the attacker, shown bolting from the stabbing dressed in a sharp overcoat.
The suspect was being held at the stationhouse, sources said. Authorities were expected to announce his arrest Wednesday afternoon.
Caughman lived in transitional housing on W. 36th St. that serves people with HIV/AIDS. Praxis Housing Initiatives holds a contract with the city. He has 11 prior arrests, including for marijuana, assault, resisting arrest and menacing.
On his Twitter page, Caughman, nicknamed “Hard Rock,” describes himself as a collector of autographs, bottles and cans. He is depicted in selfies with the performer Beyoncé and other celebrities, and he was an avid gossip follower. He also posted a photo of a playbill from “The Glass Menagerie” signed by actor Joe Mantello.
Jackson arrived in New York on St. Patrick’s Day on a BoltBus and “proceeded to wander through the city,” Aubrey said. He stayed at a hotel in Midtown.
A video and a photograph the NYPD released show Jackson trotting down the street holding his jacket closed and carrying something in his hand. He was dressed in dark clothes.
In December 2014, Ismaaiyl Brinsley traveled to Brooklyn from Baltimore and assassinated Police Officers Wenjian Liu and Rafael Ramos, who were in the car near Myrtle and Tompkins Aves. in Bedford-Stuyvesant. Brinsley had made anti-police statements on social media prior to the murders.
Brinsley fled police to the platform of a nearby subway station and shot himself to death.