Richard Rojas looking sullen at his arraignment on Friday
The new details emerged as Killer Times Square motorist Richard Rojas, was arraigned in Manhattan Criminal Court on one count of murder, one count of aggravated vehicular homicide and 20 counts of attempted murder.
Rojas’ deadly rampage began just before noon Thursday when he steered his Honda Accord onto the sidewalk at Seventh Ave. and W. 42nd St.
Erratic US Navy vet Richard Rojas, 26, also told cops he had smoked pot laced with PCP and expected officers to shoot him following the Thursday sidewalk assault.
“I wanted to kill them,” he barked to an officer after the wreck, according to the criminal complaint.
The ex-Navy officer used his vehicle like a battering ram, plowing into nearly two dozen pedestrians as his maroon Honda accord fatally plowed into pedestrians in Times Square, on Thursday
To all intents the former Navy officer purposefully used his vehicle like a battering ram, plowing into nearly two dozen pedestrians.
The mayhem Rojas unleashed on unsuspecting New Yorkers and tourists on one of the busiest cityscapes in the world, ended when the maroon Honda Accord sedan barreled into a metal barrier at W. 45th St. The driver, somehow unharmed, tried to flee the scene but was stopped by a traffic agent and a pair of onlookers. His vehicular assault Killed was 18-year-old Michigan tourist Alyssa Elsman. Her 13-year-old sister Ava was among the 22 others injured.
Four remain in critical condition. Ava reportedly, was suffering from a broken pelvis and cracked lung, officials said.
The ex-Navy officer was taken down by a bystander, then arrested by cops as he made a bid to flee the scene after killing a young tourist and injuring 23 others , Thursday in New York’s Time Square
Drug-crazed Rojas killed 18-year-old Alyssa Elsman, in his vehicular rampage, Thursday afternoon
Prior to his latest episode the troubled vet was arrested for DWIs in 2008 and 2015.
However, his delusions seemed to have worsened in recent days. in the week leading to his Times Square implosion, Rojas was charged with menacing and criminal possession of a weapon after he pulled a knife on a man inside his apartment.