MoMA suspect Gary Cabana arrested in Philadelphia


Philadelphia police say they arrested a man suspected of stabbing two Museum of Modern Art employees over the weekend.

Gary Cabana, 60, was filmed jumping from a reception desk and stabbing two employees inside the museum on Saturday, after being refused entry for previous incidents of disorderly conduct, according to the New York Police Department.

Museum workers, a 24-year-old man and a 24-year-old woman, were stabbed multiple times and were in stable condition.

Around 6 p.m. Monday, Philadelphia police and firefighters responded to a fire in a fifth-floor room at the Best Western Hotel on the 1200 block of Vine Street, Chief Inspector of Police Scott Small said. Firefighters quickly extinguished the blaze and there were no injuries. Authorities determined it was an arson attack.

By reviewing surveillance footage from the hotel, police were able to locate Cabana, Small said. Police found Cabana asleep on a bench inside the Greyhound Bus Terminal in Center City and he was arrested there, Small said.

While escorted by police, Cabana said Fox 29 that the Philadelphia police were “the best cops in the United States”.

After Cabana’s museum membership was revoked due to two separate incidents of disorderly conduct at the attraction, MOMA sent him a letter informing him of the expiration of his membership. A day later, Cabana showed up at the museum saying he planned to see a movie being played there, NYPD Deputy Intelligence and Counterterrorism Commissioner John Miller previously said.

“He got mad that he wasn’t allowed in, then jumped over the front desk and repeatedly attacked and stabbed two museum workers,” Miller said.

Public records indicate that Cabana attended Missouri State University to study acting, but had resided in New York since at least the early 2000s.

Although there is little evidence that his own acting career took off, Cabana frequently posted images and videos of himself attending stage performances on Broadway.

On social media, Cabana criticized former President Donald Trump and tourists in New York who flouted masking rules. He often posted rambling notes online, including details of the alleged incident at the Museum of Modern Art following the knife attack, which he described as “executive work”.

Cabana’s criminal record is mostly clean, except for a minor offense during his college years. Friends said he had struggled with mental illnessa condition that seemed exacerbated by the pandemic.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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