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2017 Times Square car rampage

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May 18, 2017 2017 Times Square car rampage a car driven by Richard Rojas accelerated into a deliberate u-turn to drive wrong way crashed in Times Square, New York City. One person was killed and 20 were injured. Rojas was charged with second degree murder, five counts of aggravated vehicular homicide and 20 attempted murders. A preliminary investigation found no evidence that the crash was an act of terrorism.  After being detained, Rojas, a military veteran, was found to have ingested phencyclidine before the crash. When interviewed by the NYPD, he said he wanted to die by suicide by cop, and that he had been hearing voices.

Alternative theory: Initially blamed on driver's drunk driving history, he is obviously lying when he says it is because he wanted to commit suicide by cop, god or voices told him to kill people, or because he took drugs. He was in perfect control of the car, not driving erratically all the way until Times Square which has been hit by previous bombing attacks and plots

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2010 Times Square car Taliban bombing attempt - Wikipedia On May 1, 2010, an attempted terrorist attack occurred in Times Square in Manhattan, New York. Two street vendors alerted New York City security personnel after they spotted smoke coming from a vehicle, and a car bomb was discovered. The bomb had been ignited, but failed to explode, and was disarmed before it caused any casualties.Two days later, federal agents arrested Faisal Shahzad, a 30-year-old Pakistan-born resident of Bridgeport, Connecticut, who had become a U.S. citizen in April 2009. He was arrested after he had boarded Emirates Flight 202 to Dubai at John F. Kennedy International Airport. He admitted attempting the car bombing and said that he had trained at a Pakistani terrorist training camp, according to U.S. officials. United States Attorney General Eric Holder said that Shahzad's intent had been "to kill Americans." Shahzad was charged in federal court in Manhattan on May 4 with attempted use of a weapon of mass destruction and other federal crimes related to explosives. More than a dozen people were arrested by Pakistani officials in connection with the plot. Holder said the Pakistani Taliban directed the attack and may have financed it. October 5, 2010, Shahzad was sentenced to life in prison after pleading guilty to a 10-count indictment in June, including charges of conspiracy to use a weapon of mass destruction and attempting an act of terrorism.

May 1, 2013 Terrorista #1, Other Kazakh Muslim Student Visa Violator Helped Tsarnaevs Scout Times Square Bomb Location  By Debbie Schlussel  Last week, when news broke that the Tsarnaev Bros were planning to take their jihad to Times Square and bomb the place, I thought of the photos that surfaced of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev’s two Muslim Kazakh friends, Dias Kadyrbayev and Azamat Tazhayakov, photographed with him in Times Square. (The two were charged today, along with a U.S. citizen–probably also a Muslim, with obstruction of justice and lying to police.) From the Times Square photos, including the ones below, it sure looked to me like they were there NOT as tourists but as fellow jihadist scouts seeking the best location and other details for bombing Times Square.


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  • NYMag  Pedestrian Safety and the Rampage in Times Square - NYMag  5 days ago - How an Overlooked Urban-Design Feature Helped Stop the Times Square ... If Richard Rojas had jumped out of his car yelling “Allahu Akbar!  The car wound up impaled on the steel bollards, simultaneously proving their effectiveness.... If Richard Rojas had jumped out of his car yelling “Allahu Akbar!” his act would have been treated as terrorism, prompting investigations, crackdowns, and new security protocols. When I saw the alert flash on my phone, I immediately thought of last year’s truck attack in Nice. Instead, the mayor reassured us, we were dealing with a mere car crash,

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  • criminal history: Rojas has been arrested twice in New York — in 2015 and 2008 — for drunken driving, New York Police Commissioner James O’Neill said. In 2013, Rojas — while in the Navy — pleaded guilty to drunken driving, failure to pay a just debt, drunk and disorderly conduct and communicating a threat. A military judge sentenced him to three months confinement.
  • mental illness: . “It appears to be intentional in the sense that he was troubled and lashing out,” de Blasio said of the incident. “At the root of this is an untreated mental health issue going back probably decades.”.. 
  • muslim: no apparent connection to Islamist though a friend appeared on camera with a green shirt and muslim style beard leading to some suspicions
  • out of control:  the 2009 Honda Accord was “out of control,” an emergency management official said. The speeding car jumped the sidewalk on the west side of Seventh Avenue at 42nd Street and struck several pedestrians before crashing at the northwest corner of 45th Street, police said.
  • terrorism suspected: Times Square witnesses feared terrorism - USA Today when a motorist plowed into a crowd at Times Square. A car bomb left in the tourist neighborhood of theaters, restaurants ...
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Rojas has been arrested twice in New York — in 2015 and 2008 — for drunken driving, New York Police Commissioner James O’Neill said.

In 2013, Rojas — while in the Navy — pleaded guilty to drunken driving, failure to pay a just debt, drunk and disorderly conduct and communicating a threat. A military judge sentenced him to three months confinement.

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2017 Times Square car crash

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2017 Times Square car crash
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Site of the crash in April 2017
2017 Times Square car crash is located in Manhattan
Times Square
Times Square
2017 Times Square car crash (Manhattan)
Time11:53 EDT
Date18 May 2017
LocationTimes SquareNew York City
Coordinates40.757994°N 73.985574°WCoordinates40.757994°N 73.985574°W
Deaths1
Non-fatal injuries20[1]
Suspect(s)Richard Rojas
On May 18, 2017, a car driven by Richard Rojas crashed in Times SquareNew York City. One person was killed and 20 were injured. Rojas was charged with second degree murder, five counts of aggravated vehicular homicide and 20 attempted murders. A preliminary investigation found no evidence that the crash was an act of terrorism.
After being detained, Rojas, a military veteran, was found to have ingested phencyclidine before the crash. When interviewed by the NYPD, he said he wanted to die by suicide by cop, and that he had been hearing voices.

Incident[edit]

Richard Rojas, the driver of a maroon 2009 Honda Accord, sped into pedestrians in Times Square after having jumped the sidewalk on the west side of Seventh Avenue at 42nd Street. He continued for three blocks before crashing at the northwest corner of 45th Street and Seventh Avenue, at Broadway.[2][3] As the driver was trying to flee from his car, a traffic agent tackled him and took him into custody.[3] After having exited the car Rojas said: “I wanted to kill them,” according to prosecutors.[4]

Victims[edit]

Alyssa Elsman, an 18-year-old tourist from Portage, Michigan, was killed and 20 people were injured, four critically.[5][6][7]

Suspect[edit]

Richard Rojas (born 1991), a 26-year-old resident of the Bronx and a military veteran, was arrested and charged after the crash.[8] He previously served in the United States Navy and had two prior arrests for driving under the influence.[9] These arrests came in 2008 and 2015.[2] He enlisted in the Navy in 2011 and was an electrician's mate fireman apprentice. In 2012, he served aboard the destroyer USS Carney. He was most recently based at Naval Air Station Jacksonville and was discharged in 2014.[10]
Rojas was arrested in September 2012 after assaulting a cab driver and yelling at an officer, "My life is over", in addition to threatening to kill police officers after his release. He also spent two months in military prison in 2013. A neighbor said his family was Dominican.[11][12] One of his friends said Rojas had developed a drinking problem after his military service, using it as medication for his "dark thoughts and moods",[13] in addition to posting content on social media some of which he described as "demonic".[14] According to authorities and his friends, his mental health issues dated back to his childhood though he never sought psychiatric care, becoming more paranoid and increasing his intake of marijuana and alcohol.[15]
Rojas was obsessed with Scientology and had accumulated literature on the religion. He recently got back his car after it was repossessed a short time before the incident.[16] A week before the incident, he was arrested and charged with pointing a knife at a notary, whom he accused of stealing his identity.[10]

Aftermath[edit]

Bill de Blasio, the Mayor of New York City, and other officials have said there is no indication the incident was an act of terrorism.[2] Several law enforcement officials said the suspect thought he was hearing voices and expected to die. Rojas tested negative for alcohol, but additional testing was done to determine whether he was taking any drugs.[10] The drug test came back as positive while blood tests were conducted for whether he had taken synthetic marijuana or PCP.[17] Rojas has since offered alternate explanations to the investigators who said they hadn't come to any conclusions.[3]
According to a criminal complaint, Rojas admitted smoking marijuana laced with PCP before driving the car. Prosectors said he told the police he wanted to die by suicide by cop. He also rambled that he had been hearing voices and it was the last day on Earth.[18] According to other sources, he said he claimed to hear voices telling him the police were going to kill him.[19] Later, they said he had tested positive for PCP and told police God made him do it.[3] His interview was said to be abnormal and rambling.[19] Police sources meanwhile also said that they were investigating whether the attack was deliberate, stating that there was no evidence of terrorism.[20]
Rojas was later charged with second-degree murder, 20 counts of attempted murder and five counts of aggravated vehicular homicide.[21] Investigators looked into his psychological history. [1] In an interview for the New York Post on May 21, he said he had no recollection of the incident and sought psychiatric care before it. He said he called a mental health counselor at a veteran's affairs center, who promised to call him back on Monday (May 22).[22]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Jump up to:a b Sanchez, Ray; Kaufman, Ellie; Park, Madison (19 May 2017). "Driver charged with murder in Times Square crash". CNN. Retrieved 20 May 2017.
  2. ^ Jump up to:a b c Sanchez, Ray (18 May 2017). "Times Square car incident: 1 dead, 22 injured; driver in custody". CNN. Retrieved 18 May 2017.
  3. ^ Jump up to:a b c d Rosenberg, Eli; Rashbaum, William K. (18 May 2017). "One Dead and 22 Injured as Car Rams Into Pedestrians in Times Square". The New York Times. Retrieved 18 May 2017.
  4. Jump up^ Shapiro, Emily (19 May 2017). "Times Square crash suspect told police 'I wanted to kill them': Prosecutors". ABC News. Retrieved 20 May 2017.
  5. Jump up^ Trotta, Daniel; Allen, Jonathan (18 May 2017). "Car slams into Times Square pedestrians, killing one, injuring 22". New York: Reuters. Retrieved 18 May 2017.
  6. Jump up^ Demick, Barbara; Zavis, Alexandra; Haller, Vera (18 May 2017). "One killed and 22 injured when a car plows into pedestrians in New York's Times Square". New York: Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 18 May 2017.
  7. Jump up^ http://www.ctvnews.ca/canada/canadian-critically-injured-in-times-square-crash-1.3421504
  8. Jump up^ Winter, Tom; Dienst, Jonathan; Ortiz, Erik (18 May 2017). "Car Rams Into Pedestrians in NYC's Times Square, Killing at Least 1". New York: NBC News. Retrieved 18 May 2017.
  9. Jump up^ Bacon, John; Diebel, Matthew (18 May 2017). "Car slams into crowd in New York's Times Square; 1 dead, 22 hurt". New York: USA Today. Retrieved 18 May 2017.
  10. ^ Jump up to:a b c Long, Colleen; Hays, Tom (18 May 2017). "Officials: Driver Who Crashed Into Pedestrians in Times Square Thought He Was Hearing Voices". Time. New York: Associated Press. Retrieved 18 May 2017.
  11. Jump up^ Donovan, Brittney (18 May 2017). "Former Naval Station Mayport sailor arrested in fatal Time Square crash". CBS News. Retrieved 18 May 2017.
  12. Jump up^ Spicer, Jonathan (18 May 2017). "Accused Times Square driver's troubled past included Navy prison". Reuters. Retrieved 18 May 2017.
  13. Jump up^ Gardener, Aiden; Kapp, Trevor (18 May 2017). "Deadly Times Square Crash: Who Is Richard Rojas?". DNAinfo.com. Retrieved 18 May 2017.
  14. Jump up^ "Deadly Times Square Crash Driver Pulled Knife on Man 7 Days Earlier: NYPD". CBS New York. 18 May 2017. Retrieved 18 May 2017.
  15. Jump up^ "Before Driver's Times Square Crash, a Descent Into Paranoia and Harassment". New York Times. 18 May 2017. Retrieved 18 May 2017.
  16. Jump up^ Tracy, Thomas; McDonnell, Mary; Parascandola, Rocco; Shapiro, Rich. "Times Square car crash kills 1, injures 22; Navy veteran cuffed". New York Daily News.
  17. Jump up^ "Sources: Times Square driver was apparently high on synthetic marijuana (K2) at time of pedestrian crash". ABC News. 18 May 2017.
  18. Jump up^ "'I Wanted To Kill Them': Authorities Detail Case Against Times Square Crash Suspect Richard Rojas". CBS News. 18 May 2017.
  19. ^ Jump up to:a b Brennan, Christopher; Crane-Newman, Molly; Parascandola, Rocco; Tracy, Thomas; Shapiro, Rich (19 May 2017). "Times Square car crash kills 1, injures 22; Navy veteran cuffed". New York Daily News.
  20. Jump up^ Dienst, Jonathan; Santia, Marc; Winter, Tom (18 May 2017). "Investigators Probe Possibility Times Square Crash Was Deliberate: Sources". NBC New York.
  21. Jump up^ "Times Square car crash driver Richard Rojas 'heard voices'", BBC News
  22. Jump up^ McGurty, Frank; Gorman, Steve (21 May 2017). "Motorist who ran amok in Times Square says he tried 'to get help'". Reuters.

5/24/2017

On May 18, 2017, a car driven by Richard Rojas crashed in Times SquareNew York City. One person was killed and 20 were injured. Rojas was charged with second degree murder, five counts of aggravated vehicular homicide[a] and 20 attempted murders. A preliminary investigation found no evidence that the crash was an act of terrorism.
After being detained, Rojas, a military veteran, was found to have ingested phencyclidine before the crash. When interviewed by the NYPD, Rojas said he wanted to die in a "suicide by cop", and that he had been hearing voices. In a jailhouse news interview three days later, he said he didn't remember the incident or any statements he made afterward.

Incident[edit]

Richard Rojas, the driver of a maroon 2009 Honda Accord, sped into pedestrians in Times Square after having jumped the sidewalk on the west side of Seventh Avenue at 42nd Street. He continued for three blocks before crashing at the northwest corner of 45th Street and Seventh Avenue, at Broadway.[2][3] As the driver was trying to flee from his car, a traffic agent tackled him and took him into custody.[3] After having exited the car Rojas said: “I wanted to kill them,” according to prosecutors.[4]

Victims[edit]

Alyssa Elsman, an 18-year-old tourist from Portage, Michigan, was killed and 20 people were injured, four critically.[5][6][7]

Suspect[edit]

Richard Rojas (born 1991), a 26-year-old resident of the Bronx and a military veteran, was arrested and charged after the crash.[8] He previously served in the United States Navy and had two prior arrests for driving under the influence.[9] These arrests came in 2008 and 2015.[2] He enlisted in the Navy in 2011 and was an electrician's mate fireman apprentice. In 2012, he served aboard the destroyer USS Carney. He was most recently based at Naval Air Station Jacksonville and was discharged in 2014.[10]
Rojas was arrested in September 2012 after assaulting a cab driver and yelling at an officer, "My life is over", in addition to threatening to kill police officers after his release. He also spent two months in military prison in 2013. A neighbor said his family was Dominican.[11][12] One of his friends said Rojas had developed a drinking problem after his military service, using it as medication for his "dark thoughts and moods",[13] in addition to posting content on social media some of which he described as "demonic".[14] According to authorities and his friends, his mental health issues dated back to his childhood though he never sought psychiatric care, becoming more paranoid and increasing his intake of marijuana and alcohol.[15]
Rojas was obsessed with Scientology and had accumulated literature on the religion. He recently got back his car after it was repossessed a short time before the incident.[16] A week before the incident, he was arrested and charged with pointing a knife at a notary, whom he accused of stealing his identity.[10]

Aftermath[edit]

Bill de Blasio, the Mayor of New York City, and other officials have said there is no indication the incident was an act of terrorism.[2] Several law enforcement officials said the suspect thought he was hearing voices and expected to die. Rojas tested negative for alcohol, but additional testing was done to determine whether he was taking any drugs.[10] The drug test came back as positive while blood tests were conducted for whether he had taken synthetic marijuana or PCP.[17] Rojas has since offered alternative explanations to the investigators who said they hadn't come to any conclusions.[3]
According to a criminal complaint, Rojas admitted smoking marijuana laced with PCP before driving the car. Prosectors said he told the police he wanted to die by suicide by cop. He also rambled that he had been hearing voices and it was the last day on Earth.[18] According to other sources, he said he claimed to hear voices telling him the police were going to kill him.[19] Later, they said he had tested positive for PCP and told police God made him do it.[3] His interview was said to be abnormal and rambling.[19] Police sources meanwhile also said that they were investigating whether the attack was deliberate, stating that there was no evidence of terrorism.[20]
Rojas was later charged with second-degree murder, 20 counts of attempted murder, and five counts of aggravated vehicular homicide.[21] Investigators looked into his psychological history. [1] In an interview for the New York Post on May 21, he said he had no recollection of the incident or any statements he made when arrested and sought help in the prior week, including speaking to a mental health counselor at a veteran's affairs center, who promised to call him on Monday (May 22).[22]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Jump up to:a b Sanchez, Ray; Kaufman, Ellie; Park, Madison (19 May 2017). "Driver charged with murder in Times Square crash". CNN. Retrieved 20 May 2017.
  2. ^ Jump up to:a b c Sanchez, Ray (18 May 2017). "Times Square car incident: 1 dead, 22 injured; driver in custody". CNN. Retrieved 18 May 2017.
  3. ^ Jump up to:a b c d Rosenberg, Eli; Rashbaum, William K. (18 May 2017). "One Dead and 22 Injured as Car Rams Into Pedestrians in Times Square". The New York Times. Retrieved 18 May 2017.
  4. Jump up^ Shapiro, Emily (19 May 2017). "Times Square crash suspect told police 'I wanted to kill them': Prosecutors". ABC News. Retrieved 20 May 2017.
  5. Jump up^ Trotta, Daniel; Allen, Jonathan (18 May 2017). "Car slams into Times Square pedestrians, killing one, injuring 22". New York: Reuters. Retrieved 18 May 2017.
  6. Jump up^ Demick, Barbara; Zavis, Alexandra; Haller, Vera (18 May 2017). "One killed and 22 injured when a car plows into pedestrians in New York's Times Square". New York: Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 18 May 2017.
  7. Jump up^ http://www.ctvnews.ca/canada/canadian-critically-injured-in-times-square-crash-1.3421504
  8. Jump up^ Winter, Tom; Dienst, Jonathan; Ortiz, Erik (18 May 2017). "Car Rams Into Pedestrians in NYC's Times Square, Killing at Least 1". New York: NBC News. Retrieved 18 May 2017.
  9. Jump up^ Bacon, John; Diebel, Matthew (18 May 2017). "Car slams into crowd in New York's Times Square; 1 dead, 22 hurt". New York: USA Today. Retrieved 18 May 2017.
  10. ^ Jump up to:a b c Long, Colleen; Hays, Tom (18 May 2017). "Officials: Driver Who Crashed Into Pedestrians in Times Square Thought He Was Hearing Voices". Time. New York: Associated Press. Retrieved 18 May 2017.
  11. Jump up^ Donovan, Brittney (18 May 2017). "Former Naval Station Mayport sailor arrested in fatal Time Square crash". CBS News. Retrieved 18 May 2017.
  12. Jump up^ Spicer, Jonathan (18 May 2017). "Accused Times Square driver's troubled past included Navy prison". Reuters. Retrieved 18 May 2017.
  13. Jump up^ Gardener, Aiden; Kapp, Trevor (18 May 2017). "Deadly Times Square Crash: Who Is Richard Rojas?". DNAinfo.com. Retrieved 18 May 2017.
  14. Jump up^ "Deadly Times Square Crash Driver Pulled Knife on Man 7 Days Earlier: NYPD". CBS New York. 18 May 2017. Retrieved 18 May 2017.
  15. Jump up^ "Before Driver's Times Square Crash, a Descent Into Paranoia and Harassment". New York Times. 18 May 2017. Retrieved 18 May 2017.
  16. Jump up^ Tracy, Thomas; McDonnell, Mary; Parascandola, Rocco; Shapiro, Rich. "Times Square car crash kills 1, injures 22; Navy veteran cuffed". New York Daily News.
  17. Jump up^ "Sources: Times Square driver was apparently high on synthetic marijuana (K2) at time of pedestrian crash". ABC News. 18 May 2017.
  18. Jump up^ "'I Wanted To Kill Them': Authorities Detail Case Against Times Square Crash Suspect Richard Rojas". CBS News. 18 May 2017.
  19. ^ Jump up to:a b Brennan, Christopher; Crane-Newman, Molly; Parascandola, Rocco; Tracy, Thomas; Shapiro, Rich (19 May 2017). "Times Square car crash kills 1, injures 22; Navy veteran cuffed". New York Daily News.
  20. Jump up^ Dienst, Jonathan; Santia, Marc; Winter, Tom (18 May 2017). "Investigators Probe Possibility Times Square Crash Was Deliberate: Sources". NBC New York.
  21. Jump up^ "Times Square car crash driver Richard Rojas 'heard voices'", BBC News
  22. Jump up^ Pagones, Stephanie (21 May 2017). "'I was trying to get help,' Times Square driver says in jailhouse interview". New York Post.

  23. Jump up^ "New York Penal Section 125.14 - Aggravated Vehicular Homicide".

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