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Terrorism Not Suspected in Deadly Times Square Crash

20 Mai 2017

NY mayor Bill de Blasio said there was "no indication that this was an act of terrorism".

He emerged from his vehicle, screaming and jumping up and down before he was subdued by bystanders and nearby police, witnesses said. "(The driver) was screaming - no particular words - but he was screaming and flailing his arms in all kinds of directions". "There was something wrong with him".

Preliminary tests show Rojas, a US citizen and resident of the Bronx, was under the influence of the mood-altering drug PHP, law enforcement sources told the New York Times and CNN.

Cops say Robert Rojas, 26, was suicidal, screaming that he wanted them to shoot him.

CNN says Rojas, who suffers from "psychological issues", is being charged with murder. He pleaded guilty to a harassment violation. Rojas was previously arrested for drunken driving in 2015 and 2008, police said.

Those four victims, however, are expected to survive, officials said. Eighteen-year-old Alyssa Elsman, of Portage, Michigan, was killed in the crash.

Elsman graduated previous year from Portage Central High School.

"If you didn't know her, you would perceive she was quiet and reserved, but as soon as you could spend even a few minutes with her, she was engaging, and she was amusing", Alburtus said. She was remembered as "bright, thoughtful, quiet, terrific sense of humor".

Rojas has several prior criminal cases that paint a picture of a troubled man. He's due back in court next week.

"He went through a real tough time", Mr Ramos said, adding that he had lost contact with Rojas.

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Rojas served at a Navy base in Florida and aboard a destroyer, USS Carney. In 2013, he spent two months in a Navy prison after being court martialed. They don't indicate why. Rojas is a USA citizen and served in the Navy from 2011 to 2014, most recently at Naval Air Station Jacksonville in Florida. Details of the circumstances were not immediately available.

Authorities say Rojas was driving a red 2009 Honda Accord and, after making an abrupt U-turn around noon on Thursday, mounted the sidewalk on the west side of Seventh Avenue and 42nd Street and then continued at a high speed for three blocks, to 45th Street, hitting pedestrians along the way.

Security camera video showed people being flung in bunches over the car's hood.

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

"I didn't even know he was in Times Square", he said.

"You're trying to steal my identity", he said, according to prosecutors. "He just kept going".

President Donald Trump has been made aware of the situation and will continue to receive updates, according to White House press secretary Sean Spicer.

According to Reuters, he said after being arrested: "You were supposed to shoot me!" It wasn't clear if he had a lawyer.

A smashed vehicle, lower right, 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.

Terrorism Not Suspected in Deadly Times Square Crash