US Times Square Driver Charged With Murder, May Have Been Attempting ‘Suicide by Cop’

21:10  19 may  2017
21:10  19 may  2017 Source:   Daily Intelligencer

"It's just an empty, hollow feeling," says father of Times Square victim

  Alyssa Elsman, 18, was killed when Richard Rojas drove into a crowd of pedestrians in Times Square. / CBS News NEW YORK -- The father of a teenage tourist who was run down by a driver in Times Square on Thursday is speaking out about his heartbreak and the city where it happened. Load Error Eighteen-year-old Alyssa Elsman loved to travel and laugh. She died while walking through New York's Times Square, struck by a crazed driver.

Times Square Driver Charged With Murder , May Have Been Attempting ‘ Suicide by Cop ’. By Jen Kirby.

Times Square Crash Driver Charged with Murder , Allegedly ‘Alluded to Suicide by Cop ’: Source. In addition to the second-degree murder charge , Rojas, a former member of the Navy who lives in the Bronx, faces five counts of aggravated vehicular homicide and 20 counts of attempted murder

Police secure an are near a car after it plunged into pedestrians in Times Square in New York on May 18, 2017.© Jewel Samad Police secure an are near a car after it plunged into pedestrians in Times Square in New York on May 18, 2017.

Shortly before noon on Thursday, 26-year-old Richard Rojas veered his car on Seventh Avenue, making a sharp U-turn and mounting the sidewalk at 42nd Street. Alyssa Elsman, an 18-year-old tourist from Michigan, was walking down the block with her sister. They had no time to get out of the way of the speeding car; Elsman was hit, and died instantly. Her 13-year-old sister suffered serious injuries. Rojas, according to reports, made no attempt to brake.

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Rojas mowed down pedestrians as he sped down 43rd Street and 44th Street until finally drilling his car head-on into a metal stanchion at 45th and Broadway. He emerged from the smoking sedan, tilted on its side, in a Times Square packed with panicked people. Rojas reportedly tried to make a run for it; a Planet Hollywood bouncer tackled him to the ground. On-duty police officers rushed over to subdue him, and took him into custody. A total of 22 people were injured in his rampage, including four critically.

"It's just an empty, hollow feeling," says father of Times Square victim

  Alyssa Elsman, 18, was killed when Richard Rojas drove into a crowd of pedestrians in Times Square. / CBS News NEW YORK -- The father of a teenage tourist who was run down by a driver in Times Square on Thursday is speaking out about his heartbreak and the city where it happened. Load Error Eighteen-year-old Alyssa Elsman loved to travel and laugh. She died while walking through New York's Times Square, struck by a crazed driver.

Richard Rojas, 26, has been charged with one count of murder and 20 counts of attempted murder for his horrific actions. Recently Posted. Randy DeSoto May 19, 2017 at 9:46 am . Suspect In Times Square Attack May Have Attempted ‘ Suicide By Cop ’.

Times Square Driver Charged with Murder Intended to Kill. When he emerged from his Honda he told cops he wanted them to shoot him, suggesting his endgame was suicide by cop . Rojas, who has a criminal record, reportedly tested positive for PCP.

Rojas, a Navy vet from the Bronx, has now been charged with one count of murder, 20 counts of attempted murder, and five counts of aggravated vehicular homicide. Officials do not believe Rojas was motivated by extremist ideology or terrorism — but the incident does not appear to be an accident. “It appears to be intentional in the sense that he was troubled and lashing out,” Mayor Bill de Blasio said on WNYC Friday morning, adding that Rojas appears to have unresolved mental-health issues.

Rojas reportedly gave a rambling, and sometime contradictory, testimony to police. Sources say he told police that Thursday was “the last day on earth,” and also made statements that indicated he had been attempting “suicide by cop.” Sources told the New York Post that Rojas said to police, “You were supposed to shoot me! I wanted to kill them.” He also reportedly said that was hearing voices and having hallucinations, according to the New York Times.

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Yet, Christine mentioned that Rojas might have been under the influence of drugs, not alcohol, and he was possibly looking to committing suicide by cop . Details are still trickling in, but what we do know via CNN is that Rojas is being charged with 20 counts of attempted murder

Troubled history of drug-crazed Times Square driver : Man charged with murder spent time in a military prison, heard voices, had multiple license suspensions and 'wasn't the same after being discharged from the Navy'.

Rojas, who has a criminal record, including two DWI arrests, was tested for drugs and alcohol. He was not drunk, but did test positive for marijuana. De Blasio confirmed that Rojas was on some drug; police suspect he had other substances in his system, possibly K2 or PCP, but his test results are still pending.

Friends and family told reporters that Rojas became increasingly disturbed and paranoid after his time in the Navy, from 2011 to 2014. He was reportedly dishonorably discharged, and returned to the Bronx where in had increasing run-ins with the law. He was most recently arrested for menacing earlier this month, after he allegedly threatened a notary with a knife and accused him of trying to steal his identity.

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