In 2012, NYC driver wanted to kill cops

Elizabeth Williams
May 22, 2017

Rojas initially tested negative for alcohol, but more detailed testing was being carried out, according to two police officials.

The driver who rammed his speeding auto into a group of people in New York City's Times Square said he wanted to "kill them all" and police should have shot him.

'He murdered in cold blood, ' Assistant District Attorney Harrison Schweiloch said during the brief proceeding. He did not enter a plea and has been held without bail.

Rojas is next scheduled to appear in court on 24 May.

Rojas drove his auto from the Bronx to Times Square, where he sped into the bustling Crossroads of the World, hitting almost two dozen people on the sidewalk before steel security barriers finally stopped him, authorities said.

Photographers snapped pictures of Rojas after he climbed from the wrecked auto and ran through the street before he was tackled by a group that included a ticket seller and a doorman at a nearby Planet Hollywood restaurant.

Officials are awaiting toxicology results, though Rojas "had glassy eyes, slurred speech, and was unsteady", during his arrest.

The younger Elsman girl remains hospitalized, with a collapsed lung and broken pelvis, according to Chief of Manhattan detectives William Aubry.

Police said the young woman killed on the sidewalk was Alyssa Elsman, 18, who was on vacation with her family from MI.

The suspect, who suffered from "psychological issues", told police he expected officers to shoot him, according to the source.

"Of the 19 that were treated at local hospitals, seven were admitted, there are still three that are in critical condition and there's still one that's very critical and she is a 38-year-old woman from Canada".

"She was just a great person and a great friend and she always was", said friend and co-worker Tramaine Carmouche.

The picture that quickly emerged of Rojas from neighbors and authorities was of a man with problems.

The Navy vet was arrested just last week and charged with pointing a knife at a notary, whom he accused of stealing his identity.

He has a long rap sheet, including at least two prior arrests for driving while intoxicated. Rojas enlisted in 2011 and served aboard the U.S.S.

NYC Health + Hospitals Bellevue said it received 13 patients, 10 adults and three teenagers.

"There were a lot of people out, enjoying the good day, and then I heard screaming and the vehicle running over bodies", she said.

Rojas was arrested for drunk driving in 2008 and 2015, and detained earlier this month on charges of menacing behavior, police said.

Navy records show he spent two months in a military prison in Charleston, South Carolina, in the summer of 2013, but did not say why.

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