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    Police charge driver in Times Square crash with murder, attempted murder

    New York, NY - 5/18/2017 - Emergency workers investigate the scene of a car that crashed into pedestrians in Times Square New York, NY, May 18, 2017. (Keith Bedford/Globe Staff)
    Keith Bedford/Globe Staff
    Emergency workers investigated the scene of a car that crashed into pedestrians in Times Square on Thursday.

    NEW YORK (AP) — A man accused of mowing down a crowd of Times Square pedestrians, killing a teenage tourist, waited for traffic to move before making a U-turn and purposely driving onto the sidewalk, prosecutors said Friday.

    Richard Rojas, 26, appeared subdued during a brief court appearance where prosecutors detailed a felony murder charge.

    Rojas told police after he was tackled following the mayhem in Times Square that police should have shot him to stop him and that he wanted to ‘‘kill them all,’’ prosecutors said. He told police that he had smoked marijuana laced with PCP, according to a criminal complaint.

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    He didn’t enter a plea. Rojas’s lawyer and weeping supporters had no comment. He’s due back in court next week.

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    Rojas drove his car from the Bronx to Times Square on Thursday, where he sped into the bustling Crossroads of the World, hitting nearly two dozen people on the sidewalk before steel security barriers finally stopped him, authorities said.

    Eighteen-year-old tourist Alyssa Elsman, of Portage, Michigan, was killed in the crash. Her 13-year-old sister was among the 22 injured, four of them critically.

    Rojas enlisted in the Navy in 2011 and was an electrician’s mate fireman apprentice. In 2012, he served aboard the USS Carney, a destroyer.

    Navy records show that in 2013 he spent two months at a naval prison in Charleston, South Carolina. They don’t indicate why.

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    Rojas spent his final months in the Navy at the Naval Air Station in Jacksonville, Florida, before being discharged in 2014 as the result of a special court martial, a Navy official said.

    Associated Press writers Libby Quaid in Washington, Ed White in Detroit and Jennifer Peltz and Jake Pearson in New York contributed to this report.