TIMES SQUARE SUS­PECT WANTED ‘TO KILL THEM ALL’

Windsor Star - - WORLD -

A man ac­cused of mow­ing down a crowd of Times Square pedes­tri­ans with his car, killing one, has made his first ap­pear­ance in court.

The New York Police Depart­ment said 26-year-old Richard Ro­jas, of the Bronx, was charged late Thurs­day with mur­der and 20 counts of at­tempted mur­der as well as five counts of ag­gra­vated ve­hic­u­lar homi­cide.

Man­hat­tan pros­e­cu­tors said in court that Ro­jas told police af­ter his ar­rest that he wanted to “kill them all.” They said he also told police they should have shot him.

Ro­jas’s lawyer and weep­ing sup­port­ers had no com­ment Fri­day.

Police say he drove his car for three blocks into Times Square mid­day Thurs­day, hit­ting nearly two dozen peo­ple be­fore steel se­cu­rity bar­ri­ers fi­nally stopped him.

An 18-year-old tourist from Michi­gan was killed. Her 13-year-old sis­ter was among the 22 in­jured, four of them crit­i­cally.

Of­fi­cials say Ro­jas served in the U.S. Navy but was dis­charged fol­low­ing dis­ci­plinary prob­lems. Af­ter his ar­rest, he told police he was “hear­ing voices” and ex­pected to die, two law en­force­ment of­fi­cials said.

Af­ter the wreck he emerged from his ve­hi­cle run­ning, yelling and jump­ing be­fore be­ing sub­dued by police and by­standers.

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