Times Square maniac charged with murder

Times Square maniac charged with murder
May 19 12:47 2017 Print This Article

The deranged motorist who went on a bloody rampage, plowing into a throng of pedestrians on the sidewalk in the heart of Times Square was charged with murder and 20 counts of attempted murder, police said.

Bronx resident Richard Rojas, 26, an ex-Navy veteran with a criminal history, was charged late Thursday with murder in the second-degree and five counts of aggravated vehicular homicide hours after the daytime horror that left an 18-year-old Michigan tourist dead and 22 others injured, cops said.

Rojas, behind the wheel of his Honda Accord, barreled in crowds of people on the sidewalk at the Crossroads of the World as he sped recklessly on Seventh Avenue from West 42nd Street before crashing the car into a stanchion at West 45th Street.

Alyssa Elsman, who was standing with her 13-year-old sister between 42nd and 43rd streets, was killed.

After his rampage, Rojas told cops, “You were supposed to shoot me! I wanted to kill them,” according to sources.

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