The man accused of steering his car onto one of the busiest sidewalks in Times Square and mowing down pedestrians on Thursday told police he wanted to “kill them all,” prosecutors said.
Richard Rojas, of the Bronx, was charged with murder, 20 counts of attempted murder, and five counts of aggravated vehicular homicide, police said.
In court on Friday, Manhattan prosecutors said that Rojas told police after he was arrested that he wanted to “kill them all” and that officers should have shot him. He also told them he was “hearing voices.”
Rojas’ lawyer did not comment on the case.
The 26-year-old was arrested Thursday afternoon after his car sped down three blocks in Times Square, hitting nearly two dozen people before steel security barriers finally stopped him.
An 18-year-old tourist from Michigan, Alyssa Elsman, was killed. Her 13-year-old sister was among the 22 injured, four of them critically.