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Dramatic scene of Time Square attacker leaping out of crashed car

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This is the harrowing moment a driver believed to be high on synthetic marijuana plowed into pedestrians in New York City's Times Square before telling police as he was arrested: 'I wanted to kill them all.' The driver, identified as 26-year-old Richard Rojas of the Bronx, was dramatically taken into custody on Thursday after killing an 18-year-old girl and seriously injuring 22 others when he drove through crowds at the popular tourist destination. A crazed Rojas tried to flee police immediately after crashing his maroon Honda sedan in to a pole and was captured on camera running across the road with his arms flailing. Dramatic video footage, which show the immense speed in which he was travelling, shows Rojas getting into a fistfight with an officer as they struggled to arrest him, before he was eventually bundled into a squad car. Rojas allegedly told police after he was arrested that he wanted to murder the innocent pedestrians and then wanted cops to kill him as well, sources told the New York Post. 'You were supposed to shoot me. I wanted to kill them,' he told police. Law enforcement sources say that Rojas appeared to have smoked the synthetic drug, also known as K2, before to the crash. Others claimed he was also under the influence of PCP which causes hallucinations and mania. He told police once in custody that God made him carry out the attack, according to sources cited by CNN. Rojas, a former Navy electrician mate fireman's apprentice who left service in 2014 and never served overseas, blew a 0.0 when tested for alcohol at the precinct following his arrest. He was charged with one count of murder, 20 counts of attempted murder and five of aggravated vehicular homicide late on Thursday night. Incredible video footage has emerged showing the speed the car was travelling before it was stopped in its tracks by bollards on the sidewalk. The attacker is then seen to get out of the car and try and fight bystanders. A photographer, Frenchman Charles Guerin, who managed to capture the incredible images of Rojas jumping and screaming in the street had no idea who he was taking photographs of. He assumed the driver was still in the car and only later realized he had snapped the perpetrator. Guerin, a correspondent for French agency Bestimage, happened to be in the area at the time and managed to whip the camera out of his backpack in time to take the pictures. He told the New York Post: ' don’t know if I’m going to sleep well tonight, from what I saw.My camera cannot protect me.' Officials said Rojas was arrested in 2008 and 2015 for driving under the influence in Queens and Manhattan, and in 2016 for menacing in different areas of New York. Last week, he was arrested after pulling a knife on a man in the Bronx and asking him 'do you feel safe?'. According to an arrest report obtained by DailyMail.com, he thought the man was trying to steal his identity. Rojas was allowed to walk free after striking up a deal with the Bronx District Attorney's Office. 'When he was arraigned he pleaded to a lesser charge at the arraignment,' a spokesman said. Friends of the man said he appeared in high spirits on Wednesday night and gave no indication of what he was planning. They told DNA Info that he had been drinking heavily and often spoke about 'conspiracies, demons and devils'. After being arrested, he told authorities how he thought it was the 'last day on earth'. Rojas enlisted in the US Navy in 2011. He was stationed in Jacksonville, Florida, until 2014 when his military career came to an end. US Navy officials have not yet confirmed the circumstances surrounding his departure from the Armed Forces. He never served overseas. After the crash on Thursday, the NYPD closed off the ordinarily bustling Times Square at the corner of 45th Street and Broadway on Thursday. Among those hit by the driver was 18-year-old Alyssa Elsman who died at the scene. The teenager was a tourist from Michigan who was vacationing with her family. She was walking around Times Square with her 13-year-old sister who was also struck. Alyssa's body lay lying on the ground on Thursday as first responders arrived at the scene. Other injured victims were lay sprawled across the sidewalk as first responders and other pedestrians tended to them. Of the 22 people hurt, police said that four people had been critically injured with open fractures and multiple traumas and three others were seriously injured - all were hospitalized. Some 15 more were not seriously injured, and were not hospitalized. Authorities said Rojas drove up Seventh Avenue in the wrong direction and made a U-turn onto the west sidewalk. He then plowed down pedestrians for three blocks before crashing into a pole and attempting to flee. Some witnesses said the driver kept speeding even when the body of a victim was clinging to his windshield. The car came to rest with two of its wheels in the air. It was pictured leaning on a lamppost and steel barriers intended to block vehicles from getting onto the sidewalk. He jumped out of the vehicle and tried to flee the scene before he was stopped. A photographer who was in the area pulled out his camera as he saw the crash unfold and unwittingly captured images of Rojas trying to run away. 'I thought the driver was still inside the car,' Charles Guerin told The New York Post. Alpha Balde, a CitySightseeing ticket agent, and a bouncer from Planet Hollywood were among those to help tackle Rojas to the ground. 'We saw the driver running toward Planet Hollywood in the middle of the block,' Balde told the NY Daily News. 'The bouncer from Planet Hollywood knocked him out. He knocked him out so bad you could see the blood coming out of his face. That's when I jumped in, I grabbed him from his neck and within about one minute everybody's there. 'I ripped off his shirt... to make sure this guy doesn’t have anything under his shirt that's going to damage you.' 'He's just mowing down people,' said Asa Lowe, of Brooklyn, who was standing outside a store when he heard screaming. 'He didn't stop. He just kept going.' After the car struck a barricade and stopped, the driver climbed out of his vehicle, Lowe said. 'He just started running until people tackled him down,' Lowe said. 'Citizens just reacted.' New York Governor Andrew Cuomo and Mayor Bill de Blasio both visited Times Square to assess the scene. Cuomo released a statement in which he said: 'Today's events at times square were nothing short of horrific.' He added: 'As the facts continue to emerge, my heart goes out to the victims of this terrible tragedy, as well as their families.' Police do not suspect a link to terrorism, but the vehicle was checked by the bomb squad and certain city landmarks were getting a beefed up police presence. 'Based on the information that we have at this moment, there is no indication that this was an act of terrorism,' Mayor Bill de Blasio told a news conference at the scene. Traffic all around Times Square is snarled up after the incident. Police are continuing to increase the size of the closed area to keep crowds away from the scene. City authorities were nevertheless deploying extra police from anti-terror units to key locations around the US financial and cultural capital, home to 8.5 million, out of 'an abundance of caution,' the mayor said.

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