Prosecutors in NY are saying that the targeted killing of a black man in Midtown was most likely an act of terrorism, after self-proclaimed white supremacist James Harris Jackson, 28, allegedly stabbed 66-year-old Timothy Caughman to death.
A 66-year-old man was stabbed to death in Manhattan late Monday, police said, for one reason: being black.
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. The two allegedly argued, and then the younger man fatally stabbed 66-year-old Caughman, who was black.
Jackson turned himself in at a Times Square police station early Wednesday, about 25 hours after the Caughman staggered into a police precinct bleeding to death. He walked into the Times Square police substation, telling officers, "I'm the person that you're looking for". He had two knives and told investigators where they could find the sword, which was later retrieved from a trash cannot far from the scene, police said.
Donald Trump is being urged to publicly condemn a white USA army veteran who is accused of killing a black man with a two-foot sword in a racially-motivated attack.
Having nursed racist hatred for more than a decade, he wanted, in a disgusting perversion of the impulse that attracts so many strivers here, to make a statement in the media capital of the world. At about 11:30 p.m. Monday, when Jackson was wandering near Ninth Avenue and West 36th Street, police said he encountered Timothy Caughman, an African American man, and attacked him.
"We believe he was motivated exclusively by hatred", Manhattan ADA Joan Illuzzi-Orbon said, while presenting charges of second degree murder as a hate crime.
The next day, sources said that Jackson went to the main branch of the New York Public Library to see if his attack had been reported on.
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Authorities said Jackson confessed to traveling to New York City from Maryland on a bus for the sole goal of killing black people.
Anti-racism protests are expected to take place on Friday in NY, with marches from Union Square to Midtown where Caughman was killed. Caughman wasn't known to his killer. Prosecutors say Jackson was "angered by black men mixing with white women".
It's unclear whether Jackson has an attorney who can comment on the charges.
Outside court, Jackson's attorney, Sam Talkin, said he would consider an insanity defense for his client. The victim was able to stagger to a police station.
"We know him to be a good man", said Jean Paul Chatham, who lives in the same neighborhood as Caughman.
When Jackson moved in in 2014, he indicated he was a military veteran and was in college, studying toward becoming a lawyer, Dagan said.
A man accused of a racially motivated killing in New York City is an Army veteran who served in Afghanistan. The Army cites privacy laws that prevent releasing such details. "We are a nation of unrivaled strength because we are diverse", Mayor Bill de Blasio said in a statement condemning the attack.
Associated Press writer Kasey Jones in Baltimore contributed to this report.