PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A man suspected of stabbing two employees of the Museum of Modern Art in New York and making threats against former President Donald Trump was arrested Tuesday morning at a terminal in Philadelphia bus after setting fire to his hotel room, police said.
Gary Cabana, 60, had been wanted by police since Saturday. Philadelphia police found him asleep on a bench and he was arrested without incident. He was charged with arson and other offenses for the hotel fire.
New York police said they would seek to extradite him, but did not provide a specific timeline for when that might happen.
Speaking at a press conference on Tuesday, New York Police Department Chief of Detectives James Essig said that in addition to the assault charges related to the museum stabbings, Cabana is charged with prior unrelated assault and aggravated harassment for sending threatening emails.
New York police say Cabana jumped over a reception desk and stabbed two employees inside the Museum of Modern Art after he was refused entry because his membership had been revoked.
The workers, a man and a woman, both 24, were stabbed multiple times but sustained non-life-threatening injuries, police said.
Authorities have not released further details of what police said were threats against Trump.
Cabana was a fugitive for several days, exchanging messages with reporters on social media while on the run. He claimed he was living with a mental illness and that the museum revoked his membership unfairly.
Philadelphia officers searched for Cabana after responding to a small fire at 6 p.m. Monday at a Best Western hotel. Sprinklers extinguished the fire, which a fire marshal said had been deliberately started.
It was unclear when an attorney might be appointed to speak on Cabana’s behalf.
MoMA, founded in 1929, is one of New York’s top tourist attractions, attracting more than 700,000 visitors in 2020. Its collection of modern art includes Vincent Van Gogh’s ‘The Starry Night’ and works by Henri Matisse and Paul Gauguin.
Cabana’s membership was revoked for two separate incidents of disorderly behavior at the museum in recent days, police said. A letter informing him of the action had been sent on Friday, but he showed up at the museum on Saturday to see a film.
“He got angry that he wasn’t allowed in, then jumped over the front desk and attacked and stabbed two museum employees multiple times,” the deputy intelligence and counterterrorism commissioner said. of the NYPD, John Miller, at a press conference on Saturday.
The museum evacuated patrons after the attack and remained closed while Cabana was at large. It reopened on Tuesday.
“We are relieved and grateful that our colleagues are recovering and that the assailant has been arrested,” the museum said in a statement Tuesday morning.
The article has been corrected to show that NYPD spoke on Tuesday, not Thursday.
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