Richard Rojas, the man who went on the tourist rampage in Times Square which resulted in the fatal injury of a Michigan Tourist, as well as injuring 22 others, had a jailhouse interview in which he revealed that he was trying to get psychiatric help before the incident.
He went to a local veteran’s center and spoke to a mental health counselor, but they never got back to him. He went on to say that “I wanted to fix my life. I wanted to get a job. Get a girlfriend.”
Before the incident on Thursday, he was living with his mother in the Bronx.
According to the police, when he drove his car that day through Times Square, he went on the make a U-turn, dragging his vehicle along the side walk, which plowed through tourists for three blocks before it crashed into some protective barriers that had been set up.
When he was finally apprehended, he told the police that he wanted to “kill them all” and he was hoping that the police would have shot him to stop him.
Rojas claimed that he had smoked some marijuana that had been laced with PCP before the crash, but toxicology reports have not been released to confirm his statement.
“I just want to apologize to all the victims’ families … I want to apologize to my mom,” Rojas said tearfully during the interview. “The last thing I remember is driving in my car,” Rojas recalled. “Then, I woke up in the precinct … I was terrified.”
In a jailhouse interview on Saturday, Richard Rojas told the New York Post that he recently spoke to a mental health counselor at a local veteran’s center but they never got back to him. “I was trying to get help,” Rojas told the newspaper from Rikers Island. “I wanted to fix my life. I wanted to get a job. Get a girlfriend.” Rojas, who lived with his mother in the Bronx, drove his car Thursday through Times Square, then made a U-turn and steered his car onto a sidewalk, plowing through helpless tourists for three blocks before crashing into protective barriers, police said.