Times Square crash suspect court-martialed

NEW YORK (AP) — The Latest on a car striking pedestrians in Times Square (all times local):

7:25 p.m.

A man who sent his car careening onto a Times Square sidewalk filled with pedestrians had been court-martialed out of the Navy.

A Navy official says Richard Rojas had been discharged as the result of a special court martial. Details of the circumstances were not immediately available.

The 26-year-old was in custody Thursday.

An 18-year-old Michigan woman died and 22 other people were injured when the vehicle barreled up the sidewalk.

Rojas enlisted in the Navy in 2011 and was an electrician’s mate fireman apprentice. He was most recently based at the Naval Air Station in Jacksonville, Florida, and was discharged in 2014.

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


6:55 p.m.

Police say an 18-year-old woman killed by a car that plowed through pedestrians in Times Square was a tourist from Portage, Michigan.

Alyssa Elsman died Thursday when a man drove his car down the sidewalk for three blocks into the heart of New York City’s theater district.

Twenty three people were struck by the car before it was stopped by a security barrier.

Police say Elsman’s 13-year-old sister was among the people who were struck but survived.

Police identify the driver of the car as Richard Rojas, a Navy veteran from the Bronx. They say he was captured at the scene and arrested. He’s in custody.

Two law enforcement officials say Rojas told officers he was hearing voices. They spoke to The Associated Press on the condition of anonymity because they weren’t authorized to speak publicly.

— By Tom Hays and Colleen Long


4:55 p.m.

Friends of a man suspected of plowing his car into pedestrians in Times Square say he’d been going through a rough time.

Twenty-six-year-old Richard Rojas was taken into custody Thursday after the crash that killed a teenager and injured 22 other people.

Friend Harrison Ramos told reporters that…

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