MI Teen Dies as Driver Hits 23 Times Square Pedestrians
Rojas was charged Thursday with murder, 20 counts of attempted murder and five counts of aggravated vehicular homicide.
Consular officials have been in tough with police and are working with the family of the victim, Jean said.
Navy records show Rojas enlisted in September 2011 and was based in IL and Florida, working as an electrician’s mate fireman apprentice.
Navy records show that in 2013 he spent two months at a naval prison in Charleston, South Carolina.
O’Neill, at Thursday’s news conference, said, “Preliminary investigation reveals that Rojas has two arrests … for DWI”.
Rojas has several prior criminal cases that paint a picture of a troubled man.
Alyssa Elsman, 18, of Portage, Michigan, was visiting NYC with her mother and younger sister when tragedy struck Thursday afternoon.
Rojas said he wanted to “kill them all” and police should have shot him to stop him, a prosecutor revealed Friday. He was discharged in 2014 after a special court martial, a Navy officer said.
“Once I got close enough to him, that’s when he proceeded to attack me”, said the cab driver, who asked not to be identified.
Police say the 26-year-old Navy veteran was arrested last week after he pointed a knife at a notary and accused the notary of stealing his identity. They don’t indicate why. Details of the circumstances were not immediately available. The officials said Rojas told officers he had been hearing voices.
One person was killed, and 22 were injured as a result of Rojas’s deadly rampage through the heart of the Big Apple.
The crash happened midday on a hot, clear day that brought large crowds of people into the streets to enjoy the good weather.
Elsman graduated from Portage Central High School in 2016. On Friday morning, concrete barriers had been placed along the west side of Seventh Avenue between 45th and 42rd streets where the vehicle traveled. “She was bright. She was amusing”. He then made a U-turn and sped along the sidewalk, colliding with pedestrians over the course of three blocks before coming to a halt when his vehicle hit a stanchion on the northwest corner of 45th Street and Broadway. Rojas reportedly tried to make a run for it; a Planet Hollywood bouncer helped tackle him to the ground.
“I didn’t even know he was in Times Square”, he said.
A friend, Hansel Guerrero, told the New York Times that Rojas began expressing conspiratorial thoughts about the government, that he was often physically threatening, and was a frequent consumer of alcohol and cannabis.
President Donald Trump has been made aware of the situation and will continue to receive updates, according to White House press secretary Sean Spicer.