"I Wanted To Kill Them" Times Square Driver Tells Police; Was Looking For Suicide-By-Cop

Tyler Durden's picture

Update 3: The driver that killed 1 & injured 22, was apparently high on synthetic marijuana K-2, and according to the Post, he was out for blood, and looking for a suicide-by-cop.

The Bronx man who plowed his car into a Times Square crowd, killing a teen tourist and injuring 22 others, wanted to commit murder and then wanted cops to kill him, police sources said. “You were supposed to shoot me! I wanted to kill them,” Richard Rojas, 26, told police, according to sources cited by the Post.

The killer, who’s been arrested twice for DWI, wasn’t drunk when he went on the rampage in the heart of the Big Apple, a high-ranking police official said. Rojas is currently being tested for drugs, as he appeared to be high, according to sources.He served in the US Navy from 2011 to 2015, and was not honorably discharged, sources said.

A friend said Rojas was never the same after he returned from his military service, and took up drinking to cope with the stress.  “He finally came home, and it was hard for him to find a job,” said Harrison Ramos, 30. “He was having a lot of bad nightmares. He was talking crazy. He was acting strange.”

Ramos added he would buy alcohol “to forget about all that stuff.”

“He should’ve gotten professional help,” he said. “He would talk about demons and devils and conspiracy theories.”

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Update 2:  Speaking at a Times Square press conference, mayor Bill de Blasio says "There is no indication that this was an act of terror."

Separately, the NYPD says that the 26 yr old driver, identified as Richard Rojas from the Bronx, was traveling South on 7 Av made u-turn onto West sidewalk. Went 3 blocks on sidewalk before hitting pillar.

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Update: in a separate incideint, Breaking911 reports that 5 People were just struck by vehicle, 1 DOA, 3 likely to die / very critical on Broadway & Castleton Ave. It is unclear if the two incidents are linked.

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A car jumped a curb and plowed into a busy sidewalk in Times Square during the lunchtime rush, killing one person and injuring several others on Thursday, sources said. The driver is in custody and being tested for alcohol. One person is dead, and at least 13 injured.

Reuters witnesses said that the driver's actions "appeared intentional" and that the vehicles "drove against traffic" and onto the sidewalk, striking pedestrians.

The crash happened at Broadway and West 45th Street at about 12 p.m., officials said. FDNY said 13 patients were being treated at the scene.

According to NYPD, the driver is 26 year old Richard Rojas from the Bronx.

The vehicle that struck pedestrians was a red sedan and the driver has been arrested and removed.

The arrest of driver shown below:

And yet despite the immediate arrest, in the past 30 minutes the NYPD has already figured out that the incident was not terrorism:


A video of the arrest below:

A live feed from Pix 11 below:


According to the NYPD, the car lost control on 7th Avenue between 42 and 43rd streets, and an investigation is underway.

The New York Police Department closed off the area. A Reuters witness said at least 10 people were being treated for injuries on the ground after the collision at the Midtown Manhattan tourist site.

While the NYPD is initially claiming that the incident was not an act of terrorism, in a clear bid to preserve calm, we would recommend waiting for a definitive conclusion.


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Jethro's picture

Religion of Peace incident?

Deathrips's picture

Ban Cars...for the kids!!!



ParkAveFlasher's picture

I'm up in the Empire State Building.  No shooters, no bombs, no problem!

But a great excuse for DeBlasio to hand out union contracts to built reinforced-concrete dykes around the roadways.

The perp looks like a fine Irish boy.

Miners are getting hammered again.

I love God.

CuttingEdge's picture

They do not sound like the kind of dykes I would mess with.

ParkAveFlasher's picture

Oh plenty of those around all ready.

Looks like the driver is one of those troubled German-Irish youths we hear about so often.

Ghost of Porky's picture

Driver was a muslim who told his driving instructor he only wanted to learn how to accelerate, not brake.

Syrin's picture

Dude must be a RUSSIAN !!!!!!!!!!

Haus-Targaryen's picture

Likely an intoxicated dindu from what I am gathering. 

meta-trader's picture

she was a waitress in a cocktail bar now she owns a jet... http://bit.ly/2jdTzrM

hedgeless_horseman's picture


The American-led military coalition in Iraq said Friday that it was investigating reports that scores of civilians — perhaps as many as 200, residents said — had been killed in recent American airstrikes in Mosul, the northern Iraqi city at the center of an offensive to drive out the Islamic State.





...and effect.

knukles's picture

S'all just mere road rage at Jersey drivers, says Mayor De Blasio

cheka's picture

we need self drving cars.  comprende?  big push from nyc.dc skype to make that happen

froze25's picture

We need names and Pics of the Drivers then the investigation can begin on the motives or lack of.

knukles's picture

Goddamned right, good Western justice.  Amazin' how a hangin' focuses the mind.

ipso_facto's picture

'Amazin' how a hangin' focuses the mind.'

It is also a popular entertainment!

ThaBigPerm's picture

UNPOSSIBLE!!!!!eleventy!!!! I have it on good authority from the NYPD and MSM that this was an accident!  Oh, wait, was there a script revision?

SmittyinLA's picture

Like hackers wouldn't hack self driving cars

nmewn's picture

Just checking in, has Bloomberg called for a ban on cars yet?

hedgeless_horseman's picture


And yet despite the immediate arrest, in the past 30 minutes the NYPD has already figured out that the incident was not terrorism:

It is possible that the driver is Jewish, a member of Mossad, and will be released, like the Five Dancing Israelis arrested by the NYPD on 9-11.


Creepy_Azz_Crackaah's picture

It was a Social Justice Warrior. It saw a Trump hat and felt empowered to stop that rayciss wrong.

CrankyCurmudgeon's picture

Come on guys. There no way that driver would not be arrested. Vehicular homicide. Sheesh.

Got The Wrong No's picture

So far it is just on the Super Sized SUV's. 

eclectic syncretist's picture

you reap what you sow, and the US has been sowing some psychopathic shit for years now. 

Maybe someday the people will take control of their country, but until then, you reap what you sow.

Consuelo's picture



It will actually be worse than simply reaping what we have sown.    The mass of idiots will be dumbfounded as to the reason for their comeuppance, wondering aloud 'why us'...   

shovelhead's picture


When Iraqi drivers go out of control they really bust up some shit.

Pliskin's picture

Thanks HH for shining a perspective on things, it's a fucking war!  The U.S. declared war on Libya, Somalia, Syria, Afghanistan, Iraq and Yemen... 

Learn to fucking live with it you snowflake cunts, people die in wars, get over it!

If a plane from Burundi dropped a bomb on my house killing my wife, child and grandparents, I'd go to Burundi, strap a bomb to myself and kill as many of those fucks as I could!!

If you declare war, don't be bitching and moaning when you receive some dead!

Little tosser cunts!

Rant off.............for now!


Mr. Bones's picture

We didn't declare war though, and that makes it even worse.  Our spineless politicians won't even sack up enough to wage war on a bunch of goat herders.

Chuck Norris's picture

Silly horseman.  Don't you know they hate us for our freedom.  Not our bombs.

CJgipper's picture

You have the order of events backwards.

hedgeless_horseman's picture


You have the order of events backwards.


How so?

hedgeless_horseman's picture



I get it.

So, we start bombing Mexico in five minutes?

Omen IV's picture

The narrative is in conflict on multiple directions provided

Something is very wrong

especially given pics of where the car ended up

N2OJoe's picture

Rojas. No mention of immigration status so...

Sanity Bear's picture

The possibility is emerging that this is not an Islamic terrorist but an illegal alien, DREAMER style.

Got The Wrong No's picture

So, it could be an entitled snowflake protesting Trump by killing people. Isn't that terrorism?

CJgipper's picture

I have a great idea:  let's deport both dreeamers and religion of peacers just to be sure.

logicalman's picture

It's not like any white guys ever lose it and kill a bunch of folks, now is it?

Maybe if regular marijuana was legal he'd have been at home listening to some sounds eating a bag of Cheetos.


IntTheLight's picture

Whites are the majority but minorities commit the majority of crimes. We have an immigration problem. Dumb comment.

Sanity Bear's picture

Contrary to my earlier speculation, this now looks like a case of PTSD blowback.

His service history ought to be most interesting.

rada10's picture

Take a look at the video, looks like an arab to me.

ParkAveFlasher's picture

BTW the sirens are continuing up 34th street.  Don't know if there is more happening.

Sanity Bear's picture

Standard overtime stacking procedures.

imaginalis's picture

Have you traveled much?