James Harris Jackson turned himself in at a Times Square police station Wednesday morning and was arrested on a charge of murder, two days after his victim, Timothy Caughman, staggered into a police precinct bleeding to death, said Assistant Chief William Aubrey. Caughman had been picking through trash in Midtown on Monday when he encountered Jackson, who’d been wandering the streets in a long overcoat concealing a 26-inch mini-sword, police said. Jackson stabbed him repeatedly, they said. Caughman was taken to a hospital where he died.
According to police, Jackson wandered into the police station after noticing his photo in media reports.
“The reason he picked New York is because it’s the media capital of the world, and he wanted to make a statement,” Aubrey said.
Police suggested that Jackson had been thinking of attacking others, but instead chose to turn himself in.