Transcript for Times Square crash suspect arraigned on charges of murder, vehicular homicide
We're here 24 hours. Removed from a horrible tragedy that happened yesterday that took the life Melissa hell's. And injured twenty other pedestrians as they were walking along the sidewalk and a beautiful sunny day at Times Square. It which when he injured besides Alyssa. And up only to be a breakdown of those twice nineteen while hospitalized at various hospitals. One was treated at the scene. Of the nineteen at which treated at local hospital seven were admitted. His stole three that in critical condition. And it's one that's very critical and she's at 38 year old woman from Canada. We also have. Melissa's thirteen year old sister Ava was being treated at Cornell hospital for a collapsed lung and broken pelvis. Our heart goes out Elisa. A family. And all those that went into yesterday. For what they can count. I'm gonna go through Richard Rojas he's at 26 year old individual. From the Bronx. He's being charged today one count of murdered two for intentionally taking a life Melissa house. He's also being charged with twenty counts of attempted murder to. Play striking those twenty pedestrians as they walked along the street. He's being charged with five counts of aggravated vehicle homicide. Which includes the debt was serious physical injury. To individuals. As I repeated I'm gonna repeat as I stated yesterday. He was arrested two previous times for driving and drinking. And once 2008. Once in 20052015. And he was arrested on May eleventh the menace. How many give yet timeline. How do you banks took place yesterday. How rich it ended up here in Times Square. At 1030 he leaves his home in the Bronx. 11 o'clock we have a pleaded. He's inbound from the Bronx coming into Manhattan. At 1148. He's driving southbound on Broadway and 52 street. At 1150. He's on 48 street and seventh then it. At 1152. He's on 47 street and seventh that it at 1150 school the first 911 call comes in. And we see him as you've seen on the various videos you see him on the left lane on seventh avenue as he approaches 42 street. He slows down. He allows traffic to pass. And any he makes that right turn onto the sidewalk. He accelerates it while he's still himself and while he accelerates he starts to strike down the first pedestrians. As he hits between 42 in 43 street he strikes Elisa. He continues on from 42 to 43 accelerate. He continues on 444050. Actually goes underneath the scaffold. Thoughts of his home. The outside view mirror license plates of fallen off as striking these pedestrians are people being dragged down on top of the call. Finally when he hits abolish the security volatile 45 street and seventh avenue his boss stops. He gets out of his call wary count as a traffic agent faithful to the ground. And then as other good samaritans. On an off duty lark Boston enforcement offices that apprehend him. At this point time we want to make sure that we do a thorough investigation. Working along what I'll point is in a Manhattan district attorney's office to determine the exact motivation. And he state of mind of Richard Rojas. We're gonna look at his background which currently don't. We have court orders and search warrants that would expedite it we have to make sure we look through his vehicle we have to make shall we look. Through his home in a bronze and of course the toxicology results to determine what type of chemical substance. Richard was on. Batting time that encompasses blood work. That will be analyzed an ex expedited with the medical Examiner's office we expect results on that the next few days. I can't help but wonder. And when I was speaking at the district attorney's office this morning he left his house at 10:30. Yesterday morning. And at 1154. He came here to Times Square there was no incidents in between. That goes to his stated ma. PX he waited for those cost of pants and he accelerated striking down he's pedestrians. That goes to a state of mind and his motivation. You don't ask me about his statements I'm gonna keep it very broad I don't want to get too specific. The Manhattan district attorney's office has to be sent this to a grand jury and I don't wanna compromise that thank. You.
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