Suspect in deadly Times Square mayhem charged with murder

Car rams Times Square pedestrians kills one injures others

An 18-year-old MI tourist was killed and 22 other pedestrians at the popular tourist site were injured on Thursday when a former member of the US Navy with a history of drink driving, Richard Rojas, allegedly mowed down random people for three blocks in his speeding vehicle.

They said Rojas, a former US Navy veteran, has a record of drink-driving and is now being tested for alcohol and drugs. It was unclear when Rojas, who was in custody, would get a lawyer or be arraigned.

NEW YORK (AP) - A man charged with slamming his speeding auto into pedestrians in Times Square, killing a teenager and injuring almost two dozen people, said he wanted to "kill them all" and police should have shot him to stop him, a prosecutor revealed Friday.

Photographs emerged Thursday of Rojas appearing to shout near his wrecked auto. The driver of the vehicle, identified by police as Richard Rojas, 26, of the Bronx, was screaming and flailing as he got out of the auto after hitting multiple people, Bradix said.

He told police he had smoked marijuana laced with PCP, according to a criminal complaint.

The deceased teenager, named in media reports as 18-year-old MI tourist Alyssa Elsman, was walking with her 13-year-old sister, who was injured.

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.

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He is due to reappear in court next week. It was unknown if that vehicle was the one Rojas allegedly drove into Times Square Thursday. A group that included a security supervisor at a nearby Planet Hollywood restaurant tackled him.

A week ago he was arrested and charged with pointing a knife at a notary, whom he accused of stealing his identity.

He also had two previous drunken driving cases.

Navy records show Rojas enlisted in September 2011 and was based in IL and Florida, working as an electrician's mate fireman apprentice. Rojas spent his final months in the Navy at the Naval Air Station in Jacksonville, Florida.

In 2013, Rojas served two months in a military prison in Charleston, South Carolina, according to the records.

A neighborhood friend in the Bronx, Harrison Ramos, said Rojas wasn't the same when he came back from the Navy in 2014.

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