Published: Wed, May 24, 2017
World | By Paul Elliott

Man Who Drove Into Times Square Crowd Charged With Murder

Man Who Drove Into Times Square Crowd Charged With Murder

"Richard Rojas, he's a 26-year-old individual from the Bronx". He was submitted for drugs and alcohol tests after his arrest Thursday.

Manhattan prosecutors said in court that Richard Rojas told police after his arrest that he wanted to "kill them all", and that officers should have shot him.

Three people continue to remain in critical condition.

During his arrest, Rojas allegedly told police: "You were supposed to shoot me!"

Alyssa Elsman, an 18-year-old tourist from Portage, Michigan, was killed and 22 people were injured when the red Honda Sedan mounted the pavement and struck pedestrians at the world famous tourist destination.

He was discharged from the US Navy following disciplinary problems and has a history of drink-driving charges.

New York Police Department (NYPD) charged him late Thursday with one count of second-degree murder, 20 counts of attempted murder, and five counts of aggravated vehicular homicide.

Her condition is "very critical, Aubrey said".

Alyssa Elsman, from Portage, Michigan, died and 23 people were struck by the auto before it was stopped by a security barrier.

The Police chief said Rojas was driving his Honda auto at a "high rate of speed" around noon along the sidewalk through three streets, hitting pedestrians along the way before coming to a stop after colliding with metal railings at a street corner.

Describing the incident as "horrible", de Blasio said "it is a tough day for New York City but as usual the people of New York City will stand firm and will be resilient". Her 13-year-old sister was injured.

"It appears to be intentional in the sense that he was troubled and lashing out", Mayor Bill de Blasio said on WNYC Friday morning, adding that Rojas appears to have unresolved mental-health issues. He pleaded guilty to an infraction in 2015 and was ordered to complete a drunken driving program and lost his license for 90 days.

"He was swinging his arms at the same time", said Ken Bradix, a security supervisor at a nearby restaurant who helped subdue Rojas.

Several friends said they had encouraged him to seek psychological counseling, but he did not do so. "That's all she ever cared about", Lemke said. Navy records show Rojas enlisted in September 2011 and was based in IL and Florida, working as an electrician's mate fireman apprentice.

Annette Proehl of Pennsylvania was in Times Square with children on a field trip when she heard the screeching tires of the vehicle and people screaming.

The auto was lodged on a steel bollard - of which there are more than 200 on Times Square sidewalks to stop vehicles from coming through.

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