Who is Richard Rojas? Times Square crash driver 'heard voices'

Teen killed in Times Square crash is from Michigan, report says

Teen killed in Times Square crash is from Michigan, report says

On Thursday, deranged ex-Navy veteran Richard Rojas, 26, took the wheel of his Honda Accord and plowed into a throng of pedestrians on the sidewalk along Seventh Avenue for several blocks before crashing the vehicle into a stanchion at West 45th Street.

NEW YORK (AP) - A man charged with slamming his speeding auto into pedestrians on the sidewalks of Times Square, killing a teenage tourist and injuring almost two dozen people, said he wanted to "kill them all" and police should have shot him to stop him, a prosecutor revealed Friday.

NEW YORK (AP/NBC) - A auto traveling through Times Square has driven into a crowd of pedestrians, hitting at least 20 people.

Investigators look under a smashed auto that sits on the corner of Broadway and 45th Street in New York's Times Square after ploughing through a crowd of pedestrians at lunchtime on Thursday, May 18, 2017.

Police who took the driver into custody identified him as Richard Rojas, 26, of the New York City borough of the Bronx.

"He murdered in cold blood", Assistant District Attorney Harrison Schweiloch said. He's due back in court next week.

USA media report that Rojas has a history of offending and has spent two months in a military prison in SC, although the reasons for this are unclear.

He was expected to appear in court on Friday at an arraignment hearing. His next court appearance is May 24.

(CNN) - Charles Guerin was making his daily trip through Times Square on Thursday just before noon when he saw and heard a auto speeding on the sidewalk and people screaming.

Photographers snapped pictures of a wild-eyed Rojas on Thursday after he climbed from the wrecked vehicle and ran through the streets.

In previous arrests, Rojas told authorities he believed he was being harassed and followed, officials said.

PCP, or phencyclidine, can cause users to become delusional, violent or suicidal, according to the National Drug Intelligence Center. The five counts of aggravated vehicular homicide is for the death of Elsman and four injured people who were in critical condition.

The injured included Elsman's 13-year-old sister, Ava, according to Michelle Karpinski of Portage Public Schools.

The victim was named by police as Alyssa Elsman, who was on vacation with her family from MI.

Rojas said he expected to die, the sources told AP news agency.

"She was just selfless. That's all she ever cared about", Lemke said.

Rojas has several prior criminal cases that paint a picture of a troubled man. He pleaded guilty last week to harassment in the Bronx after he was accused of pulling a knife on a notary in his home.

"What I can say is that if you are there and you are able to see somebody, then you have to give a hand and try to help", he added.

He had enlisted in the Navy in 2011, serving overseas the USS Carney in 2012, before reportedly being dishonorably discharged in 2014. Carney, a destroyer. He was most recently based at the Naval Air Station in Jacksonville, Florida, and was discharged in 2014.

Rojas was arrested on charges of driving while intoxicated in both 2008 and 2015, police Commissioner James O'Neill said, losing his license for 90 days.

"He began screaming, no particular words but just utter screaming". "Two of the people I saw that were really hurt, people were beside them. we were trying to tell (police) they were hurt".

Police said he told them he was "hearing voices", and CNN reported that he told officers that God made him do it.

Navy records show he spent two months in a military prison in Charleston, South Carolina, in the summer of 2013 but do not specify why.

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