‘I wanted to kill them, you were supposed to kill me’: Drug-crazed driver who plowed into pedestrians on the sidewalk in Times Square for – killing one and injuring 22 – tells cops he planned a murder-suicide spree

Thursday, May 18, 2017
By Paul Martin

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 arrested last week for pulling a knife on a man in the Bronx and asking him ‘do you feel safe?’

By Emily Crane and James Wilkinson
DailyMail.com
18 May 2017

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 pictured running across the road with his arms flailing. Police said Rojas got 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.

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 but initial testing came back positive for drug substances.

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