Richard Rojas, age 26, purposely crashed his car into a group of pedestrians at Times Square on May 18th. One teenage girl was killed and 22 other people were injured.
Rojas was taken into custody the day of the crash after he fled from the car claiming he wanted to ‘kill everyone’ and was seen trying to physically attack civilians near him. The driver was attempting to commit suicide-by-cop. Reportedly he stated on the crime scene, ‘You were supposed to shoot me. I wanted to kill them’.
It was discovered that Rojas was previously in the Navy and did have a criminal history including one incident where he was threatening to kill cops.
Originally, he was tested for alcohol, which came back negative. However, he did admit to smoking marijuana before driving the car, which he later expected to be laced with something.
In a tearful interview with the New York Post on Saturday at the jailhouse, Rojas stated:
“It was just a normal morning. I had a sandwich. … I wanted to clear my head. I told my mom, I said I was just going around.”
“The last thing I remember is driving in my car. Then, I woke up in the precinct . . . I was terrified.”
“I was trying to get help. I wanted to fix my life. I wanted to get a job. Get a girlfriend.”
“I just want to apologize to all the victims’ families . . . I want to apologize to my mom.”
He also just kept repeating ‘I can’t believe it’.
Rojas is currently facing a second-degree murder charge and 20 counts of attempted murder. He is also on suicide watch.
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