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NEW YORK, May 18, 2017 (Xinhua) -- Investigators work on the scene of a car crash incident at Times Square in New York City, the United States, on May 18, 2017. The man who drove a car into a crowd in Times Square on Thursday was in custody, in which one was killed and 22 others injured, New York's mayor said. (Xinhua/Wang Ying/IANS) by .
Investigators work on the scene of a car crash incident at Times Square in New York City, the United States (Xinhua/Wang Ying/IANS)

A US Navy veteran who steered his car into pedestrians in New York’s Times Square has been charged with murder and held without bail….reports Asian Lite News

NEW YORK, May 18, 2017 (Xinhua) -- Investigators work on the scene of a car crash incident at Times Square in New York City, the United States, on May 18, 2017. The man who drove a car into a crowd in Times Square on Thursday was in custody, in which one was killed and 22 others injured, New York's mayor said. (Xinhua/Wang Ying/IANS) by .
Investigators work on the scene of a car crash incident at Times Square in New York City, the United States (Xinhua/Wang Ying/IANS)

The order was given to Richard Rojas, 26, at the Manhattan Criminal Court on Friday by Judge Tamiko Amaker, Xinhua news agency reported.

Rojas was arrested at the scene on Thursday which resulted in the death of an 18-year-old tourist Alyssa Elsman, and left 22 others injured.

The New York Police Department charged him late Thursday with one count of second-degree murder, 20 counts of attempted murder, and five counts of aggravated vehicular homicide.

Rojas, who stood handcuffed and did not speak during Friday’s court hearing, told the police: “I wanted to kill them” and said he was high on synthetic marijuana when he was arrested.

Rojas reportedly emerged from his vehicle after the wreck, running, yelling and jumping before being subdued by police and bystanders.

Officials said Rojas had served in the Navy but was discharged in 2014 following disciplinary problems.

He was arrested for driving while intoxicated in 2008 and again in 2015. He was also detained earlier this month for menacing.

However, Rojas’ motivation remains unclear.

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