Published: Sun, April 02, 2017
Global Media | By Meredith Barber

White Man Took Bus From Baltimore To NYC To Kill Black Men

White Man Took Bus From Baltimore To NYC To Kill Black Men

She says Jackson came to New York City bent on killing as many black men as possible, but he surrendered before killing anyone else.

"I'm the person you're looking for, '" he said to the officers there. "We are going to let the dust settle and take a few minutes".

"He picked NY because it's the media capital of the world and he wanted to make a statement", Aubry said.

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.

In one instance, cameras recorded him following behind a man only to pull away before attacking him, police said. The Monday prior, Jackson wandered the streets of Midtown Manhattan, his 26-inch sword concealed with an overcoat when he encountered Caughman and stabbed him repeatedly. According to the New York Daily News, Jackson belongs to a known hate group in Maryland.

A white military veteran accused of a hate crime for the stabbing death of a black man in NY regarded the attack as "practice" for a larger assault he hoped to carry out in Times Square, court documents claim. He later died of his injuries at Bellevue Hospital.

James Harris Jackson turned himself to the police at Times Square shortly after midnight on Wednesday and was arrested for murder. It's unclear if he has an attorney who can comment on the case.

Dagan said Jackson moved out in 2015 without paying.

Jackson was expected to appear in court later Wednesday.

During police questioning, Jackson admitted that he chose to attack in New York City because he knew it was a media capital and would garner attention. The Times reports that police recovered Jackson's laptop and cell phone and are waiting on a warrant to search them.

When Jackson moved in in 2014, he indicated he was a military veteran and was in college, studying toward becoming a lawyer, Dagan said. He was deployed to Afghanistan between December 2010 to November 2011. The Army cites privacy laws that prevent releasing such details.

The Daily News reports that Jackson had spent some time at the main branch of the New York Public Library on Fifth Avenue Tuesday, reading about the murder online.

"More than an unspeakable human tragedy, this is an assault on what makes this the greatest city in the world: our inclusiveness and our diversity", said Mayor Bill de Blasio.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo called Caughman's "despicable" murder "an attack on all New Yorkers". "Let me be very clear: This disturbing act of violence goes against everything NY stands for".

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