Prosecutors: Times Square Driver Wanted to 'Kill Them All'

Richard Rojas charged with murder and attempted murder
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted May 19, 2017 2:05 PM CDT
Richard Rojas, of the Bronx, N.Y., accused of mowing down a crowd of Times Square pedestrians, killing a teenage tourist, appears for his arraignment in Manhattan Criminal Court, in New York, Friday,...   (Jefferson Siegel)
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(Newser) – 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 U-turn onto the sidewalks of the bustling Crossroads of the World and plowing straight ahead into frightened tourists, according to a criminal complaint. The AP reports officials are awaiting toxicology results, though Rojas "had glassy eyes, slurred speech, and was unsteady" during his arrest.

Rojas 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. His next court appearance is May 24. "He murdered in cold blood," Assistant District Attorney Harrison Schweiloch said. Eighteen-year-old Alyssa Elsman, of Michigan, 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. (Read more murder stories.)

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