Md. Man Accused of Murder Traveled to NYC to Target Black People: Police

Office of the Deputy Commissioner, Public Information, NYPD
Office of the Deputy Commissioner, Public Information, NYPD

A white man from Baltimore, who allegedly stabbed a 66-year-old black man to death in New York City, reportedly traveled all the way to New York to commit the crime in the “media capital of the world” and make the biggest statement he could, police said.

The Associated Press reports that James Harris Jackson, 28, turned himself in at the Times Square police station Wednesday morning and was arrested on murder charges in the death of Timothy Caughman, who staggered into another Manhattan police station, bleeding, just two days prior, Assistant New York City Police Chief William Aubry confirmed.

Caughman had been picking through thrash in midtown Manhattan on Monday when Jackson, who had concealed a 26-inch mini-sword in a long overcoat, walked up and repeatedly stabbed the unsuspecting Caughman. Caughman was taken to the hospital, where he later died.


Jackson reportedly walked into the police station after seeing his photo on news reports.

“I’m the person that you’re looking for,” he told police, Aubry said. Officers recovered the mini-sword. Jackson reportedly told police that he had harbored feelings of hatred toward black men for at least 10 years and had traveled to New York on March 17.

“The reason he picked New York is because it’s the media capital of the world, and he wanted to make a statement,” Aubry said.

Jackson had reportedly been thinking of attacking others before turning himself in, according to police.


The New York Daily News reports that sources say Jackson is a military vet with membership in a documented hate group. He reportedly told police that he was motivated by hatred against black men who were romantically involved with white women.

Read more at the Associated Press and the New York Daily News.

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Caughman was 66 and minding his own business. He was born in 1951 and made it through the end times of jim crow (did it really end?), civil rights, the awful 1970's, the drugged up 1980's, bad clothes in the 1990's and so on. All those presidents and mayors.. counsel folk and stop and frisk cops out to harass black and brown bodies and kill a fair share of them. He survived and though perhaps down on his luck for whatever reason.. .he did NOT deserve to die at the hands and knife of this racist bigot motherfucker. May Jackson receive his just rewards soon and all others like him get theirs, too.