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Murder charge for 26-year-old man in Times Square vehicle carnage

Murder charge for 26-year-old man in Times Square vehicle carnage

Times Square, full of restaurants, shops and entertainment, is a popular tourist destination in New York City, attracting hundreds of thousands of pedestrians on a daily basis.

Police said around noon Rojas drove a Honda at a high rate of speed from West 42nd Street to West 45th Street. Police do not suspect a.

The streets in Times Square, a bustling tourist district, were thronged with visitors when the vehicle ploughed through the crowds.

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

Police said he drove his vehicle for three blocks in Times Square, hitting almost two dozen people, before steel security barriers finally stopped him.

The deceased was identified as an 18-year-old from MI.

Police said 23 people were struck in the busy square, including an 18-year-old tourist from MI who died.

Rojas is to be arraigned Friday.

Rojas, 26, who suffered from "psychological issues", told police he expected officers to shoot him, according to the source.

Asked if the man had said anything, he said: "He was just screaming". The officials weren't authorized to speak publicly and spoke to The Associated Press on the condition of anonymity.

Officers there told her there was an "unknown speeding auto", Sciutto said.

"So out of an abundance of caution, major sites in this city will get additional police coverage from our anti-terror units", De Blasio said.

Only a week ago, Rojas was arrested at his apartment in the Bronx for threatening another man with a knife. Faisal Shahzad, a naturalised American and Taliban-trained militant, later pleaded guilty and was sentenced to life imprisonment.

Law enforcement officials say he told police he was hearing voices.

Rojas was arrested on charges of driving while intoxicated in 2008 and 2015, Police Commissioner James O'Neill said, losing his licence for 90 days.

One neighbour told Reuters Mr Rojas had come back from serving in the navy with a drinking problem.

President Donald Trump "has been made aware of the situation in Times Square and will continue to receive updates", his spokesman Sean Spicer said. In 2012 he served aboard the U.S.S.

Navy records showed he spent two months at a naval brig in Charleston, South Carolina, in 2013. They don't indicate why. He was most recently based at the Naval Air Station in Jacksonville, Florida, and was discharged in 2014. Details were not immediately available.

"There were a lot of people out, enjoying the good day, and then I heard screaming and the auto running over bodies", she said.

"I don't think there was actually time for screaming". Her name was Alyssa Elsman and she had been visiting from MI with her family.

Ms Elsman graduated previous year from Portage Central High School.

Before the crash, her 13-year-old sister posted a video on Instagram showing a view of bustling Times Square. "She was bright. She was amusing".

Elsman's 13-year-old sister was also struck by the vehicle, but survived, police said.