New York (PPN) – James Harris Jackson, 28, took a bus to New York City specifically to kill black men. He confessed to police that he randomly picked out 66-year-old Timothy Caughman on the street when he stabbed him to death with a 2-foot sword.
Mr. Caughman was bent over a trash bin around the corner from his home when James Jackson attacked him from behind. He staggered into a police station as he was bleeding and eventually succumbed to his injuries.
The white supremacist said he would have preferred to kill a young or older successful black victim. Also, he said he was looking for “a young thug” or “a successful older black man with blondes…people you see in Midtown.”
Jackson said his family was liberal and his grandfather in Louisiana was “very pro-integration,” but recalled feeling racist thoughts from the young age of 3.
“I’m sorry I killed that man,” James Harris Jackson told the New York Daily News at the Rikers Island jail on Sunday. “It was pitch black, I picked a dark place. I didn’t know he was elderly.”
Mr. Caughman lived in Manhattan for 18 years, sharing the former motel building with tenants who were part of a temporary housing program.
He was “extremely respectful” of his neighbors, Svein Jorgensen, the program’s executive director, told NBC New York. “He was a great tenant and someone that anyone would be glad to have as a neighbor. He was a gentleman. ”
Jackson turned himself in to police the day after the attack and has been charged with murder as a hate-crime.
“I’m the person that you’re looking for,” Jackson told police, according to Assistant Chief William Aubrey. He planned to kill more African-Americans in New York’s Times Square.
“The defendant was motivated purely by hatred,” Assistant District Attorney Joan Illuzzi said Thursday, adding that the charges could be upgraded, “as this was an act most likely of terrorism.”