"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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ejmoosa's picture

Governments may tolerate this sort of stuff, but rest assured the American public will not tolerate it for very long.

pugilist's picture

the American public are collectively too busy looking at Facebook.

Bay of Pigs's picture

And watching CNN, MSNBC, and reading the WaPo, NYT, and WSJ. Worst of all, these people think they are "informed" and "enlightened".

It is Operation Mockingbird MSM on steroids these days.

Restorative_Ally's picture

At least the muzzies are honest about their hate for us and open about their wish for our deaths.

Unlike those devious Jews who quest to have us all cheer for our own enslavement and extermination. 

AllBentOutOfShape's picture

"A friend said Rojas was never the same after he returned from his military service"

You were supposed to shoot me! I wanted to kill them,”

So, former military, admits to wanting to kill innocent civilians and be killed in the process.

How is this NOT terrorism??

Mementoil's picture

The fact that this is our first association is very telling...

Tough Mudder's picture

Well, they don't usually arrest drivers for losing control.....

are we there yet's picture

Drivers do not loose control on a sidewalk for 2 blocks. Drugs and a low IQ unbalanced brain may explain it.

EddieLomax's picture

Could be Muslim, or it could be one of the non-black guys do not matter

oDumbo's picture

Bad day for infidels to go for a stroll.  But oDumbo must be thrilled, chain smoking cigs in the bathroom at Cantor Fitzgerald, waiving off the plumes with his prayer rug.

Bytor325's picture

Richard Rojas, 26, who lives in the Bronx, was hunched over as a swarm of police officers escorted him into the back of a cop car following the wild crash.

Rojas, who has two prior arrests for DWI, was tested for alcohol and refused to make any statements, sources said


Religion of Peace off the hook, could be an illegal that got his sanctuary city drivers license though.......

ParkAveFlasher's picture

OK so the angle is breathalyzer ignition on taxis.  Case closed!

mike_king's picture

Hopefully, the victims were Democrats.

GatorMcClusky's picture

Russians, Presbyterians or Baptists most likely.

GatorMcClusky's picture

Russians, Presbyterians or Baptists most likely.

hannah's picture

drove 3 'new york' blocks,,,hahahahahahaha....thats like a mile. nothing to see here people...move along...

general ambivalent's picture

Yeah, the anarcho-capitalists strike again.

Kidbuck's picture

If Obuttfuck had a son...

Alfred's picture

Seth who?


Yeah, I'm just posting, clearly there's no point in reading the articles, nobody else does...

Fester's picture

Sorry but the world doesn't give a crap about NY


Hope nobody was killed :-(

Ignatius's picture

Wanna take bets on whether they release CCTV footage?

Or will they be "off-line" as at Westminster Bridge attack?  Or concealed as in Nice?

Then maybe it could be he was just a speeding drunk....

ParkAveFlasher's picture

FYI refresh time for this page slowed (I'm about 4 blocks from this).  So a lot of footage is likely flying around the network right now.

Ignatius's picture

At this early time I make no claims about this incident, but a majority of these types of "events" are demonstratable frauds based on a careful examination of the open sourced publically available information.

A. Boaty's picture

Read the headline. 1 dead :-(

Sanity Bear's picture

too much to hope that one is my mother, I suppose

Mementoil's picture

The religion of peace strikes again?

cheka's picture

and the religion of hate will use this to continue their push for self driving cars

ukspreads's picture

Trump's fault - Due to the biggest witch hunt in history

847328_3527's picture

This travesty will make the Salem Witch trials look minor.

DirtySanchez's picture

If the driver is wearing a rag on its head, or claims allegiance to moohamad, authorities should hand over the offender and every living blood relative to the family members of the victims.

I believe they will know what to do.

general ambivalent's picture

America, the 'most powerful nation on earth,' and where all citizens are scared of the bogeyman.

youngman's picture

Normal driving in NYC...

847328_3527's picture

"Police said they have no motive why Mohammed Ahkmed crashed into the Christians."

Sky flyer's picture

But but but trump-Russia-Russia-trump. MSM won't give two shits about this story unless trump is involved.

IntTheLight's picture

Maybe CNN will report it was Barron on a bender. Ny times and wapo will follow up.

Three weeks from now, on page 32, in small type, the newspapers will report erroneous.

KimAsa's picture

Tesla, self-driving autonomous unit.

Cow Doctor's picture

What are the odds the driver was yelling Aloha Snackbar as he jumped the curb?


ParkAveFlasher's picture

Just heard on CNN, the attacker was yelling "peace, Christian brethren!" and yanking at his quaker beard.

hedgeless_horseman's picture


Have you heard anything about what the American pilots say when they are bombing the fuck out of Syria?

hedgeless_horseman's picture


As you have claimed to follow Jesus, everytime I read another one of your "religion of peace" comments I think of this.

“You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ But I say to you, Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, so that you may be children of your Father in heaven; for he makes his sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the righteous and on the unrighteous. For if you love those who love you, what reward do you have? Do not even the tax collectors do the same? And if you greet only your brothers and sisters, what more are you doing than others? Do not even the Gentiles do the same? Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect.



ParkAveFlasher's picture

I'm not trying to solve geopolitics, I'm trying to pull my children out of harm's way.

That said, if you think you are safe from the judgements you purport for others, in your bug out shelter, taking inventory of your survival buckets and rotating your bags of grain, and counting your stacks of gold, you are wrong in that as well.

The death that comes from the judgement can't be warded off by zeroing the sights on your rifle, I can assure you.

I love the judgement of NYC as an island of sin. 

Don't you live in an "oil state?"


hedgeless_horseman's picture


The death that comes from the judgement can't be warded off by zeroing the sights on your rifle.

Do you not believe that by following Jesus' teachings the death that comes from judgment can be overcome?

ParkAveFlasher's picture

I do, but you should not put God to the test.  (Luke 4:12)

And you should value your life as a follower of Christ, per Christ's instructions to save life and limb (Luke 22:26)

You have the same reactionary response to my saying "Islam" as anyone else, why? 

Personal politics won't save you, your lands and your rifle won't either.