Wes Bourland, a musician, said that Cabana was a regular at Feinstein’s/54 Below, a cabaret bar on West 54th Street that Bourland often performs at.
“He was a big theater fan,” Bourland said. “Had tones of pictures of him with actors.”
Recently, Bourland said, Cabana had been sharing conspiracies and other social media posts that verged on harassment – including against bar employees he accused of wronging him.
“There are stories about this guy all over the theater community,” Bourland added.
Friends also said that Cabana lived alone in Manhattan and had little contact with the outside world. When the pandemic began in 2020, it was an experience of personal loss for Cabana, who lost his livelihood working as an usher on Broadway when theaters shut down across the city, Varney said.
“He would get really frustrated with people who wouldn’t mask and didn’t get vaccinated and stuff,” Varney said. “He loved being an usher. He was ushering for a long time and he would talk about the shows and everything.”
Anna Blair, an actor and singer who said she knew Cabana in college, recalled his “support group” of friends who had looked out for him in the past.
“COVID hit him hard as far as loneliness,” Blair said. “Nobody was able to visit him.”
Cabana had come to the museum on Saturday to watch a film, but was turned away by employees because his membership had been revoked “as a result of two incidents involving disorderly conduct here at the museum on two separate dates in recent days,” according to NYPD Deputy Commissioner of Intelligence and Counterterrorism John Miller. Both victims, a 24-year-old man and 24-year-old woman who worked at the museum, were expected to survive, officials said.
At a press conference on Monday, Mayor Eric Adams said he was praying for the victims, and vowed to catch the alleged assailant.
“We know who he is, and the police department will apprehend him,” Adams said.