Times Square driver wanted to ‘kill them all’
COURT: Man, 26, charged with murder and attempted murder
A man accused of mowing down a crowd of pedestrians with his car in Times Square has made his first appearance in court charged with murder and attempted murder.
Manhattan prosecutors said in court that Richard Rojas told police after his arrest that he wanted to “kill them all”, and that officers should have shot him.
Rojas’s lawyer and weeping supporters had no comment.
Police say Rojas, 26, from the Bronx, drove his car for three blocks into the Manhattan square at midday Thursday, hitting nearly two dozen people before steel security barriers stopped him.
An 18-year-old tourist from Michigan, Alyssa Elsman, was killed, and her 13-year-old sister was among the 22 injured. Rojas appeared subdued during a brief court appearance where prosecutors detailed a murder charge.
He told police he had smoked marijuana laced with PCP, according to a criminal complaint.
He did not enter a plea, and is due back in court next week.
Rojas enlisted in the Navy in 2011 and was an electrician’s mate fireman apprentice. In 2012, he served aboard the USS Carney, a destroyer.
He was discharged in 2014 as the result of a special court martial, a Navy official said.
Richard Rojas is accused of killing an 18-year-old tourist.