The man who sped his car onto the busy sidewalk of Times Square was charged with murder after killing an innocent 18-year-old girl with his vehicle on May 18. Richard Rojas is expected to enter his guilty or not guilty plea at his arraignment on May 19.
The New York Police Department charged Richard Rojas, 26, with murder, 20 counts of attempted murder and five counts of aggravated vehicular homicide on the evening of May 18, just hours after he plowed his car onto the sidewalk of the busiest area of New York City, police confirmed to the New York Post. The crash killed 18-year-old Alyssa Elsman, who was visiting New York from Michigan with her family. 22 more pedestrians were injured due to Richard’s erratic driving. He will appear in court for his arraignment on May 19, although it’s unclear if he’ll have a lawyer present.
After crashing his car, Richard exited the vehicle and began causing a scene in the streets, running away from police like a complete madman. The 26-year-old tested negative for alcohol, however, it’s reported that he told police he smoked K2, a synthetic marijuana, and heard voices in his head that told him he had to hurt people. “You were supposed to shoot me. I wanted to kill them,” he reportedly told police at the scene. His exact motivation has not been confirmed, but Mayor Bill de Blasio is confident that this was not an act of terrorism.
Richard does not have a clean past, and just one week ago, he was arrested for pointing a knife at a notary. He’s also been arrested twice for DUI, first in 2008 and again in 2015. He served in the U.S. Navy, and neighbors in the Bronx claim he has not been the same since being discharged in 2014.
HollywoodLifers, did you expect these charges against Richard?