Times Square driver wanted to ‘kill them all’

COURT: Man, 26, charged with mur­der and at­tempted mur­der

The Courier & Advertiser (Dundee Edition) - - NEWS - STe­warT alexan­der

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.

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