Museum of Modern Art Stabbing Suspect Upset His Membership Revoked: Police

Police have said that the man arrested Monday night in a Philadelphia bus station who is suspected of stabbing two employees at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City was likely motivated by the fact that his membership had been revoked just days before the incident.

The man, who has been identified by police and through social media as Gary Cabana, was denied entry Saturday after several alleged incidents of "disorderly conduct" at the museum in recent days, according to WABC-TV.

Cabana was arrested in Philadelphia in connection to an arson investigation of a fire in a hotel where the 60-year-old had checked in, police said. He was eventually located Monday night at a bus station in the city and has since been identified as a suspect who allegedly attacked Museum of Modern Art workers on Saturday.

That incident was one of several violent outbursts in New York City over the last several days, including a recent string of shootings of homeless people in New York and Washington, D.C., and an incident in which a man was arrested and accused of a hate crime for allegedly hitting an Asian woman over 100 times.

Cabana, who reportedly worked as a Broadway usher for decades, also allegedly struggled with mental health issues that had worsened over the course of the pandemic, people who knew him and the neighbors in his New York building told The New York Times and Gothamist.

The museum reopened Tuesday after evacuating the building following the Saturday incident, and the two employees, one woman and one man who are both 24 years old, are expected to survive and recover from their injuries, the Times reported.

After the individual identified as Cabana was denied entry to the museum, security footage shows him entering the building through a revolving door and climbing on the desk in the reception area, where three employees are gathered. Footage shows the man attack two of the employees while a third runs away, and soon after he exits the building himself.

It is not currently known how or why Cabana traveled to Philadelphia in the days following the attack, or what led him to allegedly start a fire in a Philadelphia hotel room. Police and firefighters responded to the hotel and checked hotel records and surveillance footage to find a man matching Cabana's description who had checked into the hotel under the name Joseph Cabana, WABC reported.

Later Monday night, he was arrested after he was found asleep on a bench in a Greyhound station in the city, WABC added.

Update 3/15/22, 12:00 p.m. ET: This story has been updated with additional information and context.

New York City Stabbing Crime Arrest
A man has been arrested for allegedly stabbing two people at New York's prestigious Museum of Modern Art on Saturday, police said, causing the museum to be evacuated. Above, New York City police officers stand guard at the entrance of the Museum of Modern Art on Saturday. Kena Betancur/AFP via Getty Images