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Tobias Pedroso | 20 May, 2017, 11:53

The Navy veteran suspected of driving his vehicle into pedestrians in NY reportedly told police he had been hearing voices at the time.

One person died and 22 were hurt Thursday when a Bronx man drove his auto down the sidewalk for three blocks. After the initial investigation, it's found that Rojas consumed one of the most dissociative drugs - Phencyclidine with marijuana, before crashing around 30 pedestrians at Times Square with his auto. Rojas, from The Bronx, killed a young woman, Alyssa Elsman, 18, a tourist from Portage, Michigan.

The US Navy veteran has been charged with murder for the incident.

He didn't enter a plea and was held without bail.

The order was given to Richard Rojas, 26, at the Manhattan Criminal Court on Friday by Judge Tamiko Amaker, Xinhua news agency reported. Rojas' family members attended the hearing but also did not comment.

Rojas was remanded to custody today and will return to court on May 24.

Before the crash Thursday, Rojas left his Bronx home at 10:30 a.m., heading to Manhattan, according to a timeline of events laid out by Aubry at a Friday news conference in Times Square.

After he was detained, he said he wanted to "kill them all" and police should have shot him to stop him, a prosecutor said in court Friday. "I laced the marijuana with PCP", according to the complaint.

Police said 23 people were struck, including an 18-year-old tourist from MI who died.

Elsman's 13-year-old sister was also struck by the auto, but survived, police said.

A friend of the victim, Olivia Lemke, said the Elsman family went on a family trip once a year to NY. She could walk into a room and everybody would just be happy to see her.

When Long went outside, she saw at least six people lying on the ground, including a woman lying face-down with blood pouring from her head.

"People just got stunned", said Bruno Carvalho, a student at SUNY Albany.

Rojas has several prior criminal cases that paint a picture of a troubled man.

Last week, he was arrested and charged after allegedly threatening a notary with a knife. He accused the person of trying to steal his identity. Preliminary information showed that Rohas has "a few arrests" -including two DUIs, O'Neill said.

One of the posts eventually helped stop the runaway vehicle driven by the 26-year-old suspect, Richard Rojas, now charged with murder, attempted murder and vehicular homicide. Rojas spent his final months in the Navy at the Naval Air Station in Jacksonville, Florida.

In 2012, he was arrested and accused of beating a cab driver whom he said had disrespected him by trying to charge too much, according to the arrest report.