Times Square driver wanted to ‘kill them all’
Accused said he had smoked pot laced with PCP sometime before plowing into crowd
NEW YORK — A man charged with slamming his speeding car into pedestrians in Times Square, killing a teenager and injuring nearly two dozen people, said he wanted to “kill them all” and police should have shot him to stop him, a prosecutor revealed Friday.
Richard Rojas, 26, also said he had smoked marijuana laced with PCP sometime before making a Uturn onto the sidewalks of the bustling Crossroads of the World and plowing into frightened tourists, according to a criminal complaint.
Officials are awaiting toxicology results, though Rojas “had glassy eyes, slurred speech and was unsteady,” during his arrest, the complaint said.
“He murdered in cold blood,” as- sistant district attorney Harrison Schweiloch said. Alyssa Elsman, 18, of Portage, Mich., was killed in the crash. Her 13-year-old sister was among the 22 injured.
Three people are in critical condition with serious head injuries, and a fourth is being treated for a collapsed lung and broken pelvis, according to the complaint.
A 38-year-old Canadian woman is among those hospitalized.
Rojas, wearing the same red T-shirt and jeans he was photographed in the day earlier, appeared subdued Friday during a brief court appearance where prosecutors detailed murder and attempted murder charges.
He didn’t enter a plea and was held without bail. Rojas’s lawyer, Enrico Demarco, had no comment. His family and friends who attend- ed the hearing cried outside court. He will be back in court May 24.
Rojas, who lived with his mother in the Bronx, drove his car Thursday from his home to Times Square, waited for traffic to start moving and then made a U-turn, authori- ties said. He barrelled straight up the sidewalk, knocking down some pedestrians as others ran in terror, before he crashed his car into protective barriers.
Richard Rojas, of the Bronx, N.Y., accused of mowing down a crowd of Times Square pedestrians, killing a teenage tourist.