NEW YORK (AP) — A man accused of intentionally mowing down pedestrians on a Times Square sidewalk, killing a woman and injuring 22 other people, has pleaded not guilty.
Richard Rojas was arraigned Thursday in the May 18 melee on murder and attempted murder charges. His lawyer had no comment afterward.
Police say the U.S Navy veteran steered his SUV onto the sidewalk and hit the gas. He told police he’d been smoking marijuana laced with the hallucinogen PCP.
According to prosecutors, Rojas said he wanted to “kill them all.”
A survivor’s mother sat in the courtroom and cried during the arraignment.
Rojas has several prior criminal cases. He pleaded guilty shortly before the Times Square crash to harassment in the Bronx after he was accused of pulling a knife on someone.
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