Dead, At Least 13 Injured In Times Square Car Crash
- Author: Leroy Wright May 21, 2017,
May 21, 2017, 14:11
One of the people injured when a auto plowed into pedestrians in New York's Times Square is a 38-year-old Canadian woman.
Richard Rojas, a 26-year-old Navy veteran and Bronx resident with a criminal history, was arraigned in court on Friday on one count of second-degree murder, 20 counts of attempted murder and one count of aggravated vehicular homicide, according to AP.
Manhattan prosecutors said in court that Richard Rojas told police after his arrest that he wanted to "kill them all".
Rojas went running through the street before he was subdued by police and bystanders, and taken into custody.
An 18-year-old woman was killed and at least 22 people were injured, city officials said.
He was discharged in 2014 after a special court martial, a Navy officer said.
New York Police Commissioner James O'Neill said preliminary information revealed that Rojas had been arrested in the past and two of those arrests were due to driving while intoxicated. He was also detained earlier this month for menacing.
There is no indication the incident, which unfolded just before noon, was an act of terrorism, New York Mayor Bill de Blasio and other officials said.
A law enforcement official says a vehicle that plowed into a crowd of pedestrians in Times Square killed one person and injured about 20 others.
Officials said Rojas served in the US Navy but was discharged after disciplinary problems.
Two law enforcement officials say Rojas told officers he was hearing voices.
Her 13-year-old sister is among those injured - with the New York Police Department confirming she is being treated for a collapsed lung and a broken pelvis.
Alyssa Elsman, from Portage, Michigan, died and 23 people were struck by the vehicle before it was stopped by a security barrier.
Aubry said results of drug tests on Rojas were expected in the next few days.
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".
Navy records show Rojas enlisted in September 2011 and was based in IL and Florida, working as an electrician's mate fireman apprentice.
Aubry said police are awaiting a full toxicology report.
She graduated from Portage Central High School.
Beekhary, his wife and two small children were visiting Times Square from Guyana.
He was arrested a year later at a naval base in Jacksonville, Florida, where officials said he attacked a cab driver, shouted "my life is over", and threatened to kill police, according to court records.
Police patrols in Times Square, one of the world's busiest districts, were already beefed up in recent years, following a 2010 auto bombing attempt.