NEW YORK – A man accused of deliberately mowing down pedestrians in Times Square sidewalk, killing and injuring 22 others, was indicted Wednesday by a grand jury.
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In this image made from video provided by Oscar Navarro Reyes, Richard Rojas has been arrested after a fatal car accident in New York City on Times Square, on Thursday 18 May 2017. Authorities and witnesses said Rojas drove his car the wrong way a Times Square street and plowed into the pedestrians on the sidewalk. (Oscar Navarro Reyes via AP)
Richard Rojas does not appear in the court in Manhattan for the hearing. The costs are not yet been made public, but the 26-year-old Rojas was previously arrested on charges of murder and attempted murder.
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An arraignment was set for July 13, and he doesn’t have to be a plea until then. His lawyer had no comment.
Rojas told the police after his arrest on 18 May that he had been smoking marijuana laced with the hallucinogenic drug PCP, according to a criminal complaint. He said that he wanted to “kill them all” and the police should have shot him to stop, prosecutors said.
The crash killed Alyssa Elsman, an 18-year-old tourist from Portage, Michigan, wounded and her 13-year-old sister, Ava. A barricade at the site of the crash has become a makeshift memorial for Alyssa Elsman, decorated with flowers, pictures and handwritten messages.
Rojas has a number of prior criminal cases. He pled guilty two weeks ago of intimidation in the Bronx after he was accused of pulling a knife on a notary’s house.
“You try to steal my identity,” he said, according to the officers of justice.
He also had two previous drunk driving cases.