The man who allegedly stabbed two MoMA employees over the weekend proudly proclaimed himself ‘public enemy number one’ from inside a police cruiser as he was arrested early Tuesday morning – and mocked the New York Police Department by praising the Philadelphia officers who eventually located him as the ‘best cops in the United States.’
Gary Cabana, 60, was arrested at a Greyhound bus terminal in Philadelphia early Tuesday morning after setting fire to a downtown hotel room.
On a subsequent walk, Cabana congratulated the officers who found him and urged the public to check out his Instagram.
The remarks were a thinly veiled swipe at the NYPD, which he repeatedly mocked on social media while on the loose, joking that they’ll still be ‘doing paperwork’ while he makes a statement. nap and relax.
Video of the arrest shows Cabana being led out of the station in a flannel jacket and face mask. Later, he is seen sweating profusely inside a police car with a bandage on his forehead.
“I’m not a bad guy,” Cabana told officers, according to the New York Post. “I just cracked.”
Philadelphia investigators recognized him from surveillance footage as they investigated a fire in a fifth-floor room at a Best Western. Police said the room was badly damaged, WTXF reports.
New York police had alerted authorities in Philadelphia that Cabana might be traveling there to visit his family.
The man previously told a reporter he was ‘lost’ when he was refused entry to the Museum of Modern Art, where he planned to watch Van Gogh’s Starry Night.
Suspected MoMA knifeman Gary Cabana, 60, is pictured after his arrest in Philadelphia on March 15
Cabana called his arresting officers ‘the best cops in America’ as he was led out of a Philadelphia bus station early Tuesday morning
Cabana’s comment may have been a dig at the NYPD, which had alerted Philadelphia police that he might be traveling there to visit family.
The former theater usher proudly proclaimed himself ‘public enemy number one’ from inside a police car
Philadelphia investigators recognized him from surveillance footage as they investigated a fire in a fifth-floor room at a downtown Best Western. Police say the room was badly damaged
In a series of messages to a Post reporter, he blamed a woman named Barbara for conspiring to ban him from the museum with the help of the two employees he stabbed.
“The stabbed girls were also in the BACKSTABBING. I don’t stab in the back, I only do frontside, he wrote. “When they said I couldn’t go up to see STARRY STARYY NIGHT EVER, I lost it.”
He said he received a letter from the museum’s director of security saying he was “aggressive [and] disruptive’ on February 24 and last Wednesday.
Cabana’s address is listed as The Times Square, a charity-run building at 255 West 43rd Street for formerly homeless or mentally ill people.
He was found asleep on a bench at a Greyhound train station on Tuesday after police said he set fire to a hotel room in downtown Philadelphia, leaving it with extensive damage.
He booked the room under the name “Joseph Cabana”. Officers recognized him from surveillance footage as they investigated Monday night’s fire.
Cabana, 60, who so far has managed to evade capture, is also said to have turned violent against a former male boss and union official after he was fired from his job as an usher at the Nederlander Theater in Manhattan last year .
Cabana said he ‘lost it’ when he was refused entry to the Museum of Modern Art, where he planned to watch Van Gogh’s Starry Night, above
Cabana was fired from the Nederlander Theater in Manhattan last year. A criminal complaint has been filed against him after he allegedly punched his former manager in the face
After learning that his services were no longer needed at the end of 2021, he sent a series of threatening emails to a woman working at the union that represents ushers, the International Alliance of Theater Stage Employees.
“Recovery is coming,” he wrote to a union representative, police said. “F*** you c***,” he reportedly added, according to the New York Post.
Cabana reportedly wanted to take things in person and drove straight to the union office on West 45th Street to pick her up twice. The woman told police she feared for her safety, having heard of an alleged assault on a co-worker.
A stalking complaint was filed against Cabana following the allegations.
He allegedly punched his former manager in the face as he stood outside the Nederlander Theater on West 41st Street.
On this occasion, he attempted to enter the building without a ticket. After hitting the manager with his fist, he was quickly thrown back into the street.
Cabana stabbed two 24-year-old museum workers at 4 p.m. Saturday, a day after his museum membership was revoked.
One of Saturday’s stabbing victims was a 24-year-old woman working behind reception
Despite her injuries, the woman was heard joking about receiving hazard pay after being stabbed in the back and neck
This is the horrific moment Cabana, 60, stabbed two MoMa workers after climbing the museum’s reception to attack them
The former theater usher is shown brutally attacking the two women in the museum on Saturday before fleeing
While on the run, he continued to post on social media.
On Facebook he wrote: “Bipolar is a hard road to travel. Dr. Jekyll to Mr. Hyde. THEN you get tricked and kicked out of MoMA (not just movies, ALL ART too) by a bitter old woman who shuts you up when you LAUGH during a comedy,’ Cabana, 60, wrote. ‘
He seems to blame the museum ban on a woman named Barbara.
‘She is the threat, NOT ME. Total Frame work by ‘The Team Barbara’ gang. It wasn’t SCREAM 6 at MoMA, it was poke poke poke wake-up call. y the frame job MoMA, get your facts straight.
He criticized MoMa for how employees allegedly treated him and criticized media coverage of the attack.
‘What’s worse? Hackers or Journos. Right now I LOVE MY HACKERS for taking my mind off this MoMA executive job,’ Cabana wrote on Facebook.
‘THERE WERE NO DISRUPTIONS. Security NEVER escorted me from MoMA on the “supposed” 2 days I acted: 2/24 + 3/9. The total blind side when I got ‘the letter’ from Daniel P.’
He also slammed the “catty beeyotches of the world”, apparently referring to the museum employee who turned him away from Saturday’s screening of Bringing Up Baby.
In a Facebook post on Sunday, while still at large, Cabana blamed the MoMA ban on a woman named Barbara.
Cabana’s Instagram account shows that he is a theater and art enthusiast. The account contains several photos of Playbills and performances
“There is security at EVERY screening. No one ever said, come with us U ra disruption NO ONE #nO1. Just this lying, complicit woman. Interview HIS reporters and I never got a meeting with security, just a blind letter.
It’s unclear what type of MoMa membership he had, however, the cheapest is a $65 per year pass for unlimited access to exhibits.
Additionally, on his Instagram page, Cabana taunted the police as they continued to search for him.
“They knew who I was from the start, but goons wasted hours searching the museum when I was obviously long gone with hundreds of witnesses WATCHING but no HEROES in the crowd that day,” he replied to someone commenting on his photo.
“NYC has turned into a bunch of MIND-YO-BIDNESS P*SSIES,” he added. “Not a single person followed me as I walked down 53rd Street (sic) with a bloody face from where security hit me with a piece of Lucite….”