Man charged with murder after car mows down pedestrians in Times Square
- Author: Zachary Reyes May 25, 2017,
May 25, 2017, 6:00
"He's being charged today with one count of murder two for intentionally taking the life of Alyssa Elsman", New York Police Assistant Chief, William Aubry, said.
Rojas, a 26-year-old from the Bronx, is facing multiple charges, including murder, attempted murder and aggravated vehicular homicide.
An 18-year-old woman from MI was killed and 22 people were injured, four of them critically. Four victims are in critical condition, three are in serious condition, and all are expected to survive.
Shortly before noon on Thursday, 26-year-old Richard Rojas veered his vehicle on Seventh Avenue, making a sharp U-turn and mounting the sidewalk at 42nd Street.
A police report says a man accused of mowing down a crowd of Times Square pedestrians with his auto, killing one of them, once told police in Florida he wanted to kill officers.
Ken Bradix, a security worker at the Planet Hollywood restaurant, said: "He began screaming, no particular words but just utter screaming". A law enforcement source told the network that Rojas tested positive for PCP and told police that God made him do it.
Assistant chief William Aubry says the 38-year-old woman is among seven people still in hospital following the incident in which a teenage tourist was killed and nearly two dozen other people injured.
The incident on Thursday, which killed one person, injured 20 others and brought a new sense of vulnerability to New Yorkers and visitors alike, has raised concerns about other safety provisions in a recent $55 million revamp of the area.
Richard Rojas enlisted in the Navy in 2011.
Just last Thursday, Rojas was arrested for menacing, accused of pulling a kitchen knife on a visitor to his Bronx home.
Richard Rojas appears at his arraignment in Manhattan Criminal Court on Friday, May 19. In 2012 he served aboard the U.S.S. He pleaded guilty to harassment, a violation, and was not sentenced to any prison time. Carney. In 2013, he spent two months at a naval brig in Charleston, South Carolina, according to Navy records, which do not indicate the charges against him at that time. People were leaving flowers, photographs of Elsman and a stuffed teddy bear on Friday near the spot where she died.
The Department of Homeland Security also stated that it is in close contact with law enforcement officials in New York City about the incident.