- Richard Rojas, 26, of the Bronx, was dramatically taken into custody on Thursday in Times Square
- A crazed Rojas – who is believed to have been high on synthetic marijuana – tried to flee police after the crash
- He was pictured running with his arms flailing before bystanders and police tackled him to the ground
- The driver crashed his car into a crowd of pedestrians, killing an 18-year-old girl and injuring 22 others
- The teen, Alyssa Elsman, was visiting from Michigan with her family when she was killed
- Initial tests show Rojas did not have any alcohol in his system but he did test positive for drug substances
- Rojas has a history of drunk-driving incidents and police have already ruled out terrorism
- He was charged with one count of murder, 20 counts of attempted murder and five of aggravated vehicular homicide
This is the harrowing moment a driver believed to be high on synthetic marijuana plowed into pedestrians in New York City’s Times Square before telling police as he was arrested: ‘I wanted to kill them all.’
The driver, identified as 26-year-old Richard Rojas of the Bronx, was dramatically taken into custody on Thursday after killing an 18-year-old girl and seriously injuring 22 others when he drove through crowds at the popular tourist destination.
A crazed Rojas tried to flee police immediately after crashing his maroon Honda sedan in to a pole and was captured on camera running across the road with his arms flailing.
Dramatic video footage, which show the immense speed in which he was travelling, shows Rojas getting into a fistfight with an officer as they struggled to arrest him, before he was eventually bundled into a squad car.
Rojas allegedly told police after he was arrested that he wanted to murder the innocent pedestrians and then wanted cops to kill him as well, sources told the New York Post.
‘You were supposed to shoot me. I wanted to kill them,’ he told police.
Law enforcement sources say that Rojas appeared to have smoked the synthetic drug, also known as K2, before to the crash.
Others claimed he was also under the influence of PCP which causes hallucinations and mania. He told police once in custody that God made him carry out the attack, according to sources cited by CNN.
Rojas, a former Navy electrician mate fireman’s apprentice who left service in 2014 and never served overseas, blew a 0.0 when tested for alcohol at the precinct following his arrest.
He was charged with one count of murder, 20 counts of attempted murder and five of aggravated vehicular homicide late on Thursday night.
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This is the harrowing moment a drug-crazed driver mercilessly plowed through pedestrians in Times Square on Thursday at 11.55am before telling police when he was arrested that he wanted to kill them ‘all’ and then be shot dead himself
The driver, Richard Rojas, 26, eventually crashed his maroon Honda sedan into a pole and tried to flee the scene (above) as others watch on in terror. The photographer who took the image later revealed he did not know Rojas was the motorist responsible for the carnage. He believed the perpetrator was still in the car
Shocked bystanders watched on as a crazed Rojas jumped around and ran across the street in an attempt to evade police
He was arrested at the scene moments later by NYPD officers after being stopped by a group of Good Samaritans which included a Planet Hollywood bouncer who tackled him to the ground and another man who tore off his shirt to ensure he was not wearing carrying any weapons
Planet Hollywood bouncer Ken Bradix (pictured wearing a black t-shirt and hat) was the first to stop the US Navy veteran. He tackled Rojas to the ground before NYPD officers got to him