A white US Military veteran with a hatred for black individuals travelled to New York Metropolis and confronted a black man earlier than killing him with a sword, police say.
James Harris Jackson, 28, is alleged to have taken a bus from Baltimore to New York with the intention of focusing on black males.
When he got here throughout Timothy Caughman, 66, he allegedly stabbed him within the chest and again.
Mr Caughman was pronounced lifeless in hospital.
His alleged assailant walked right into a Instances Sq. police station about 24 hours later and was arrested on suspicion of homicide.
He’s stated to have informed officers that he had harboured emotions of hatred in direction of black males for no less than 10 years.
Coat ‘hid sword
The ex-serviceman is believed to have travelled to New York on 17 March, and booked himself right into a Manhattan lodge.
Assistant Chief of Police William Aubry stated he had walked the streets in an extended coat, which hid the 26in (66cm) sword, and got here throughout Mr Caughman whereas the sufferer was gathering bottles for recycling from garbage bins.
“The rationale he picked New York is as a result of it is the media capital of the world and he needed to make a press release,” Mr Aubry stated.
Investigators stated they believed the suspect was contemplating different assaults, however surrendered after noticing his photograph in media stories. He had been captured on CCTV footage close to the crime scene.
Mr Caughman’s Twitter profile describes him as a “can and bottle recycler” and autograph collector. His posts present his curiosity in music and movies.
James Harris Jackson served within the US Military from March 2009 to August 2012 and labored as a navy intelligence analyst, the military stated. He was deployed in Afghanistan from December 2010 to November 2011.
New York Mayor Invoice de Blasio condemned the assault in a press release.
“We’re a secure metropolis as a result of we’re inclusive. We’re a nation of unrivalled power as a result of we’re various,” he stated.
“No act of violence can undermine who we’re.”