NY mayor: 'No indication' Times Square incident was terrorism

19 Mai, 2017, 15:14 | Author: Claudine Rigal
  • NY mayor: 'No indication' Times Square incident was terrorism

"I heard the bang, and saw someone jump out of the auto and hit a policeman", said a 39-year-old woman who would only identify herself as Louise.

Broadway shows were scheduled to go ahead as planned on Thursday evening in the many theaters in the area, organizers said.

It isn't clear when Rojas might get a lawyer.

Police officers secure the area near a auto after it plunged into pedestrians in Times Square in NY on May 18, 2017. Details of the circumstances were not immediately available.

The sidewalks in many parts of Times Square and surrounding blocks are lined with metal posts created to prevent cars from getting onto the sidewalks and other public areas.

Navy records show that Rojas enlisted in September 2011 and was based in IL and Florida, working as an electrician's mate fireman apprentice.

Navy records also show he spent two months at a naval brig in Charleston, South Carolina, in 2013. They don't indicate why.

CITY, New York- A terrifying and deadly scene in one of the most popular tourist destinations in New York City Thursday afternoon: a vehicle plowed into a crowd of people in Times Square.

A man steered his auto onto a sidewalk running through the heart of Times Square and mowed down pedestrians for three blocks Thursday, killing a teenager, then emerged from his wrecked vehicle wild-eyed and waving his arms before he was subdued by police and bystanders.

First responders are at the scene as people help injured pedestrians after a vehicle struck pedestrians on a sidewalk in Times Square in New York, US, May 18, 2017. The woman's 13-year-old sister was among the injured.

Rojas has been arrested twice in New York - in 2015 and 2008 - for drunken driving, New York Police Commissioner James O'Neill said.

Some say the vehicle caught fire after crashing.

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Richard Rojas identified as Times Square car crash suspect
Tourists Patrick and Kelly Graves of Sheboygan, Wisconsin, were waiting to get on a tour bus when they heard the crash. He said he looked out and saw what appeared to be a body lying on the street in front of the building.


Other friends say he was having money troubles.

According to The New York Post, Elsman was pronounced dead at the scene. They spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because they weren't authorized to speak publicly. The initial tests have come back negative for alcohol but positive for drugs. In one of Rojas' two previous DWI arrests, he was allegedly going 90 miles per hour in a 50 miles per hour zone.

Terrorism isn't suspected in the crash.

Witnesses said Richard Rojas appeared to be intoxicated, and he was taken into custody Thursday afternoon. Witnesses say he drove three blocks, smashing into pedestrians, before dramatically hitting bollards. Test results are pending, but given his history, sources say DWI is investigators' leading theory for the cause of the crash.

The crash occurred near the headquarters of the Reuters news agency, 3 Times Square.

Brooklyn resident Asa (AY-suh) Lowe was standing outside the Levi's store enjoying the weather when he heard screaming around midday Thursday.

"He just started running until people tackled him down", Lowe said.

After the auto struck a barricade and stopped, the driver climbed out of his vehicle.

President Donald Trump was "made aware" of the drama.

A vehicle rests on a security barrier in New York's Times Square after driving through a crowd of pedestrians, injuring at least a dozen people, Thursday, May 18, 2017. About 20 other people were injured.

Police have taken the driver into custody.

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