Investigators look under a smashed vehicle that sits on the corner of Broadway and 45th Street in New York's Times Square after ploughing through a crowd of pedestrians at lunchtime on Thursday, May 18, 2017.
A man identified as alleged driver Richard Rojas is seen after a vehicle drove on the sidewalk in New York's Times Square, killing one person and injuring 22 others on May 18, 2017.
The 26-year-old was in custody Thursday.
Navy records show that Rojas enlisted in September 2011 and was based in IL and Florida, working as an electrician's mate fireman apprentice.
While stationed in Jacksonville, Rojas was arrested for battery and resisting an officer without violence, both misdemeanors.
Navy records show that in 2013 he spent two months at a naval brig in Charleston, South Carolina, but not indicate why.
Eighteen-year-old tourist Alyssa Elsman, of Portage, Michigan, was killed in the crash.
Police identified the woman killed by the auto as Alyssa Elsman, of Portage, Michigan.
After the auto struck a barricade and stopped, the driver climbed out of his vehicle. Rojas, who lives with his mother in New York City's Bronx borough, had been arrested twice for drunken driving, in 2008 and 2015, and once this month on a charge of menacing for threatening another man with a knife, police said. And while he says those messages have since been deleted, they caused him to distance himself from Rojas.
Patsy Sciutto, who works in Times Square, said she was meeting someone for lunch when an announcement came over a loudspeaker that the building was on lockdown because of an incident outside.
A neighbourhood friend in the Bronx, Harrison Ramos, said Rojas was not the same when he came back from the Navy in 2014. The officials said Rojas told officers he had been hearing voices. Other friends say he was having money troubles.
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One neighbor says Rojas is a "good person" and he doesn't know what happened to him. They spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because they weren't authorized to speak publicly.
In addition to the murder charge, Rojas also faces 20 counts of attempted murder and five counts of aggravated vehicular homicide, according to a statement from the New York City Police Department.
Several people were injured and one was killed when a speeding auto drove through Times Square on Thursday around lunch time.
The incident was not an considered act of terrorism, and the suspected driver of the auto was in custody.
According to the Associated Press, the suspect initially tested negative for alcohol, but other tests would be run to determine if he was high.
Rojas was arrested and will be tested for drugs and alcohol, police said.
A picture has emerged of Rojas from neighbours and authorities as a man with problems.
It's unclear if Rojas has a lawyer for his arraignment Friday.
Terrorism isn't suspected in the crash.
A former US Navy sailor slammed his vehicle into pedestrians in New York City's packed Times Square yesterday, wounding at least 22 people.
Police said Rojas made a sudden U-turn onto West 42nd Street and drove north up the sidewalk for three blocks, passing tourist attractions such as the Hard Rock Cafe and the Bubba Gump Shrimp Co restaurant and mowing people down. "There was no indication it was an act of terrorism", he told reporters on Thursday.
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