Published: Sat, May 20, 2017
Worldwide | By Gretchen Simon

Times Square Crash Suspect, Richard Rojas, Court-Martialed out of Navy

Times Square Crash Suspect, Richard Rojas, Court-Martialed out of Navy

Rojas was charged with one count of murder in the second-degree, aggravated vehicular homicide and multiple counts of attempted murder, a NY police spokesman said in an email late on Thursday.

Rojas has been charged with one count of murder in the second-degree, aggravated vehicular homicide and multiple counts of attempted murder, a NY police spokesman said in an email to Reuters news agency late on Thursday.

A man who appeared intoxicated drove his vehicle the wrong way up a Times Square street yesterday and ploughed into pedestrians on the sidewalk, killing one and injuring about 20 others, authorities and witnesses said. Her 13-year-old sister was among the injured.

Witnesses to the wreck in Times Square say they watched in horror as the vehicle plowed into a group of pedestrians, killing one and injuring 22 others. He is due in court in Manhattan later on Friday to face charges of murder, attempted murder and vehicular homicide.Rojas, who had served in the U.S. Navy, has prior convictions for drunk driving.

A few hours after the Times Square incident, about 20 police officers and detectives occupied the sidewalk outside the six-story red brick building where Rojas lives. Authorities and witnesses said Rojas drove his auto the wrong way up a Times Square street and plowed into pedestrians on the sidewalk.

"You stole my identity", Rojas told the man, grabbing his neck in one hand while brandishing the knife in the other, according to a police spokeswoman. Police are looking into whether he was driving under the influence of drugs and say charges are pending.

Rojas initially tested negative for alcohol, but more detailed drug tests were pending, according to two law enforcement officials who were not authorized to speak publicly and spoke to The Associated Press on the condition of anonymity.

Two law enforcement officials say a driver accused of running down pedestrians in Times Square told officers he was hearing voices and expected to die.

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Richard Rojas, 26, also said he had smoked marijuana laced with PCP sometime before making a U-Turn onto the sidewalks of the bustling Crossroads of the World and plowing straight ahead into frightened tourists, according to a criminal complaint.

Officials said there is no indication the incident was terror related.

Elizabeth Long, of Dayton, Ohio, was walking to the Hard Rock Cafe when she saw a maroon auto heading toward her on the sidewalk. "Today's events at Times Square were nothing short of horrific", he said in a statement.

The incident does not appear to be linked to terrorism and is being investigated as an accident, according to New York City police, who are working with the FBI to investigate. The driver was taken into custody and tested for alcohol.

While some bystanders rushed to help the injured, others stood in silence, dazed for a moment before people started crying or shouting for help.

The cab driver, who was hospitalized, said Rojas had refused to pay a cab fare of $44. The vehicle came to rest with its two right wheels in the air.

Television images taken at the scene midday Thursday showed people being taken away on stretchers.

"It's a tough day for New York City, but as usual, the people in New York City will stand firm and be resilient", de Blasio told reporters.

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