The victim, who was not immediately identified, was stabbed in the chest and back at Ninth Avenue and West 36th Street just before 11:30 p.m. Monday night. Caughman was transported to Bellevue Hospital where he was pronounced dead, according to officials.
Responding to reports of Jackson's ties to a hate group in Maryland, a police spokesperson told BuzzFeed News, "We are looking into his background". He had two additional knives and told police where they could find the sword used in the killing, police said.
"The reason he picked NY is because it's the media capital of the world, and he wanted to make a statement", Aubrey said. Police say the Baltimore resident was caught on surveillance video running down the street after the stabbing Monday night, according to police.
Aubrey said Jackson's recent actions and information from interviews led police to believe the crime was "clearly racially motivated". They said Jackson appeared to stay within 10 blocks of the hotel.
Jackson traveled from Baltimore to NY by bus on Friday to "target" black males according to police. "Our victim happened to be going through garbage on the sidewalk".
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Earlier that same day, Jackson was seen on hidden cameras attempting to approach another black man in the same area, but seemingly refrained from doing so for reasons unknown. No one else was attacked. The account includes several selfies that Caughman took with celebrities.
After stabbing Caughman multiple times following an argument, Jackson turned himself in at a nearby police station. It is unclear if the person depicted is the same person who turned himself in.
Law enforcement sources say James Jackson, 28, of Baltimore is charged with murder. "He saw himself on the news, so I have to thank the media", Aubrey said.
James Harris Jackson is escorted out of a police precinct in New York, Wednesday, March 22, 2017.