Nor that he surrendered to stop himself from attacking an interracial couple.
"He came here to target male blacks", Assistant Chief Bill Aubrey said today during a news conference. "For well over ten years".
He allegedly stabbed 66-year-old Timothy Caughman on the corner of Ninth Avenue and West 36th Street on Monday night, police said. On Tuesday, police released video and a picture of a man who they said they wanted to identify in connection with the case. He was later pronounced dead in hospital.
Jackson spent the weekend leading up to the murder at a Midtown hotel.
Caughman was heard asking his attacker, "What are you doing?" "Our victim happened to be going through garbage on the sidewalk". No one else was attacked. He was staying at a hotel in Midtown and proceeded to wander the city.
NYPD insiders claimed at first, the late Caughman, who shared his affinity for recycling and celebrity autographs on his Twitter profile, seemed hesitant at first about sharing what Jackson had done to him due to his own past arrest record.
"The well-dressed suspect turned himself at an NYPD substation in Times Square shortly after midnight Wednesday", the Post further explains, "[ultimately] telling cops there he did so to avoid killing again".
Responding to reports of Jackson's ties to a hate group in Maryland, a police spokesperson told BuzzFeed News, "We are looking into his background".
Officers searched the man, whose name has not been released, and found two knives on him, according to the police sources.
NYPD officers are now in Maryland interviewing Jackson's family and associates. 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. Caughman described himself as a "can and bottle recycler, autograph collecter in NY city" on social media.