"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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general ambivalent's picture

Calvinism is the true Religion of Peace. It's like masochistic nihilism.

Miss Expectations's picture

None should willingly give up their soul ... but to then demonstrate it by mocking the murdered is profoundly and horrifyingly sick indeed.

ParkAveFlasher's picture

You both read or think poorly, he asked me what the pilots say, and I would agree that they likely say nothing redeeming.

Then he called me sick.

I asked if I was wrong, that pilots would say "roger roger" or something equally off putting.  I was agreeing.  HH launched into an insult so have it your way.

And my initial premise was not effectively refuted, because the Amish don't fly jet bombers into Syria, as I understand it, so HH's knee-jerk response was inappropriate.

general ambivalent's picture

You really believe your own bullshit?

general ambivalent's picture

No one cares. These goldfish are back on the Trump train because of the entertainment it provides. They'll gladly destroy their own society so long as it is a little worse for everyone else.

Pliskin's picture

Yep, pretty good odds, same odds as the U.S pilot that killed 20 civilians yesterday in Syria was shouting "U.S.A   U.S.A   U.S.A".

Oh well, who gives a fuck, eh?

Dead Arabs, dead Americans..meh!!


moonman's picture

Google or Tesla test car

Ignatius's picture

"...others (CCTV) shut down."

Well push me over with a feather...

Bill of Rights's picture

Oh boy the Ny Retarded libs will come up with some sort of moronic " Were here to save you " plan.

sharingiscaring's picture

Happening all over the world of course. London, Melbourne etc. It's the Islamic playbook to mow down infidels and scream Allah Bukhari or whatever. Of course there'll be a major media coverup and we'll be told, eventually, that the driver had a mental illness! 

Winston Churchill's picture

Obvoiusly Uncle Scam needs to send them moar guns then.

Ignatius's picture

Melbourne was absolutely a fraud and completely deconstructed.

Example:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RwrjoYbMyqM

There exists many dozens of other clips from people in Melbourne who've shown it to be a fraud.

Dragon HAwk's picture

How close to Wall Street? did they find Hookers and Blow, and some Margin Calls in the Vehicle

esum's picture

Authorities say Mednik was traveling eastbound on 34th Street when she rear-ended a vehicle.

Mednik's driver's license isn't valid, according to cops.

She then backed up, entered the westbound lanes heading the wrong way and struck another vehicle.

Police say the car then mounted the sidewalk, hitting the pedestrians.

Mednik is facing charges of driving while intoxicated, leaving the scene of an accident and driving on a suspended license.

Intoxicologist's picture

I hope it wasn't my mom.

thecondor's picture

it was only a matter of time.

moonmac's picture

Bury him in a pig carcass behind glass in Times Square for everyone to see if you really want Islamic Terrorism to end.


Newspeaktogo's picture

If we would have bombed them with bacon bits they would've run for the hills. We'd have saved a lot of American lives, Cruise missiles, and other expendable cannon fodder. USA, USA,USA!!!

nevertheless's picture

that goes double for those who support America's wars in the middle east, jackass

sony1's picture

I'm guessing someone not liking the saudi visit

ZeroPoint's picture

Is that a high capacity sedan? Nobody needs one of those for hunting.

Cruel Joke's picture

It's probably automatic, at least semi-automatic. Ban anything but stick shift! ... for the childrun'... you know.

thecondor's picture

of course earthCam shuts it cameras off


Robert Trip's picture

Woman driver?


Berspankme's picture

She gets a DWO- driving while oriental

NDXTrader's picture

Countdown to MSM blaming this on Trump sharing intelligence with the Russians...3...2...1

SirTaxedAlot's picture

Looks Amish. Possibly Mennonite?

LOL123's picture

That would explain the "self" driving car...lol

Consuelo's picture



Sorry, but is there anything more representative of USA!!! than the dude in the first photo, red shirt, letting his middle-aged paunch hang there in all its proud glory...?

Typical I-don't-give-a-flying-Fuck-about-what-I-look-like-nor-what-you-think pervasive attitude of the average American Idiot.

nevertheless's picture

Exactly, honestly, with how ignorant Americans are just about everything, we deserve whatever we get...

shovelhead's picture

Can you think of any rational reason why anyone, American or otherwise, would care what YOU think?

See? I thought so.

Your overwhelming insignificance is simply a fact of life. Get used to it.

Cordeezy's picture

well it doesn't look like a white guy, so this probably wont be labeled terrorism for a while




Cordeezy's picture

well it doesn't look like a white guy, so this probably wont be labeled terrorism for a while




1stepcloser's picture

Come to Jew york, jew york...become a target.  

Berspankme's picture

A lot of jewish guys fell to the sidewalk calling their lawyers

Mike Masr's picture

I can feel all the fuzzy warm peace and love of "the religion of peace" in this one!



Berspankme's picture

Was Putin involved?

Deep In Vocal Euphoria's picture

hacked viechle...


but please buy our self driving cars..its for your own safety...

deplorable nation's picture

What brilliant police work by the NYPD. They have ALREADY determined that this is not terrorism! The fastest investigation in history is complete; nothing to see here folks!!

IridiumRebel's picture

Well the man isn't Amish so that's a big telling factor.

Making Merica Great Again's picture

a- Putin

b- Isis

c- a dumb American

silverer's picture

If you go up on sidewalk in these dense city areas, there's always likely to be pedestrians. Hard to miss them. In the US, they call this an "accident". In the military, they call it "collateral damage".

Bobportlandor's picture

The got the guy in a Hillary hold.