"[He] picked NY because it's the media capital of the world and he wanted to make a statement", said NYPD's Chief of Manhattan Detectives William Aubry.
After fatally stabbing 66-year-old Timothy Caughman, Jackson turned himself into police, reportedly saying "you need to arrest me". Aubrey said police discovered a 26-inch black "mini-sward", which they believe to be the murder weapon.
Bias attacks have more than doubled this year in NY, and there have been nine bias crimes against black people reported, up from five in the same time period last year.
Other video apparently shows Jackson wandering through Midtown, sometimes walking in circles, officials said. The reason why he chose NY because it is the media capital of the world and he wanted to make a statement. "Our victim happened to be going through garbage on the sidewalk. He knew what he was doing coming up here". No one else was attacked. Following the stabbing, he wandered through the city before deciding to turn himself in. The account includes several selfies that Caughman took with celebrities.
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Law enforcement sources say James Jackson, 28, of Baltimore is charged with murder.
Police said the suspect walked into a police substation in Times Square a little after midnight.
NYPD detectives are looking at his social media accounts and speaking to Jackson's family members and associates in Maryland as they continue to investigate. After his arrest, Jackson gave statements to detectives indicating the fatal stabbing of Caughman was "clearly racially motivated", Aubry told reporters during a briefing Wednesday afternoon. "He saw himself on the news, so I have to thank the media", Aubrey said.
Jackson, who was deployed by the USA military to Afghanistan, faces murder charges.