Fourth Estate Staff
New York City, NY, United States (4E) – A White U.S. Army veteran boarded a bus to New York and there he selected a random black victim then attacked the latter with a sword.
The man, James Harris Jackson, turned himself in at a police station in Times Square 25 hours after he attacked the black man, identified as Timothy Caughman. The black man tried to point to police his perpetrator after he went to a police precinct but he bled to death. Assistant Chief William Aubrey said in a statement Jackson told police he is the person they are looking for when he walked into a police station.
Jackson also told investigators he harbored ill feelings against black men for the last 10 years. He traveled to New York on March 17, stayed at a hotel, and eventually went out to carry out his plan. The suspect also said he picked New York because it is the media capital of the world and he wanted to make a statement with what he did.
The man he killed was collecting bottles from trash cans at the time of the attack. Jackson concealed the 26-inch sword he used in the killing of the black man by wearing a long overcoat. Jackson stabbed Caughman repeatedly in the chest and back. The 66-year-old victim was taken to a hospital but died their later. The sword was retrieved from a trash can near the scene of the crime.
Twenty-eight-year-old Jackson went to the bathroom of a nearby restaurant where he washed off the blood from the killing. Police believed Jackson planned to attack others but surrendered after his photo surfaced in media reports.
Jackson is a military veteran and studied law. He worked as a military intelligence analyst in the Army from March 2009 to August of 2012. He is from Maryland.
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio said in a statement, “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. Now it’s our collective responsibility to speak clearly and forcefully in the face of intolerance and violence — here or across the country. We are a safe city because we are inclusive. We are a nation of unrivaled strength because we are diverse. No act of violence can undermine who we are.”
No court dates were set yet for Jackson.
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