Immediately after driving his speeding Honda sedan in to a pole, footage captured Rojas attempting to flee the scene, before law enforcement, and a bouncer from the nearby Planet Hollywood restaurant, managed to subdue him. Rojas appeared to be in a state of acute stimulant-induced psychosis as a result of his drug abuse, and was raving to police officers and frightened bystanders alike. “You were supposed to shoot me,” Rojas shouted at the cops, “I wanted to kill them.”
Rojas has been charged with one count of murder, and a further 20 counts of attempted murder and five counts of aggravated vehicular homicide. But the former Navy electrician, who was discharged in 2014, already has a number of prior convictions to his name. Rojas was formerly arrested in 2008 and again 2015 for driving under the influence in the districts of Queens and Manhattan.
Only a week before this collision, Rojas was allegedly arrested after he pulled a knife on a man in the Bronx. He apparently threatened him by asking him “do you feel safe?”
Commenting on the scene, a witness named Alpha Balde stated “We saw the driver running toward Planet Hollywood in the middle of the block. 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.”
Our thoughts are with those who have been affected by this incident, as well as their families and friends.