The dapper suspect turned himself in to police at an NYPD substation in Times Square shortly after midnight Wednesday and told them he did so to avoid killing again.
"I'm the person that you're looking for", he told police, according to Assistant Chief William Aubrey. I have the knife in my coat'.
A white man from Baltimore bent on making a racist attack took a bus to New York City, the "media capital of the world", randomly picked out a black man who was collecting bottles on the street and fatally wounded him with a sword, police said Wednesday. He's been arrested on a murder charge in the stabbing of a 66-year-old black man named Timothy Caughman. If you have experienced or witnessed a hate crime or incident of bias or harassment, you can use this form to send information about the incident to the Documenting Hate Project.
Jackson, who previously served in the military, may have had these feelings for up to 10 years, police said, without elaborating.
NY police have not linked Jackson to any group.
Caughman described himself in his Twitter bio as "a can and bottle recycler, autograph collecter in NY city". According to the police, surveillance footage shows him "walking in circles through Midtown" before attacking Caughman.
Caughman was stabbed in the chest and back.
Police said that the victim walked more than a block to a police precinct before collapsing.
He was taken to Bellevue Hospital, where he later died, authorities said.
For the next 24 hours, Jackson stayed in the city. Police asked for the public's help to ID him - and he saw it on TV. Officers found two knives on the suspect during his arrest, and as of this writing he is still being held by police for questioning.
He has been charged with murder in the second degree, a charge that could be upgraded if the killing is also classified as a hate crime.