1 dead, 20 hurt after car plows into Times Square crowd

Police said they were testing to determine whether Rojas was intoxicated at the time of the incident, although some outlets have reported that he admitted to using marijuana.

Investigators were searching his Bronx home and canvassing the crime scene for video.

Rojas enlisted in the Navy in 2011 and was an electrician's mate fireman apprentice. Details were not immediately available.

The driver of a vehicle which ploughed into pedestrians while speeding in New York City's Times Square has been named as 26-year-old Richard Rojas.

At least one person was killed and 19 others wounded after a vehicle drove through a crowd of pedestrians in Times Square just before noon Thursday.

He said that out of an "abundance of caution", security across key locations around the city will be stepped up and major sites in the city will get additional police coverage from the anti-terror units.

Police say a 26-year-old man was in custody and was suspected of driving while intoxicated. His most recent arrest was for menacing; Rojas is a notary and was arrested earlier this month for threatening someone who came to his home to get an annuity notarized, sources said.

Balde, 57, a ticket agent for CitySightseeing, said the two men grabbed the driver, and held him until cops took over.

"I'm the area all the time", she said.

"Today's events at Times Square were nothing short of horrific", Cuomo said at a briefing to the media, CNBC reports.

"This place?" Balde said.

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Some people were sobbing, others were simply stunned by what they witnessed.

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Abdel Dosokey, 20, told the Guardian he was working in a falafel cart at Broadway and 43rd Street, on the east side of Times Square, when the vehicle crashed, sending pedestrians running and screaming.

The vehicle ended up tilted on its left tires at West 45th Street, where street barriers stopped it, O'Neill said.

At that point, Balde and several others jumped on top of him and held him down until officers arrived.

A man steered his auto onto a sidewalk running through the heart of Times Square and mowed down pedestrians for three blocks Thursday, killing a teenager, then emerged from his wrecked vehicle wild-eyed and waving his arms before he was subdued by police and bystanders.

Planet Hollywood said Bradix "selflessly and heroically took action, helping to stop the fleeing suspect".

President Trump has been briefed on the situation and will continue to receive updates, White House press secretary Sean Spicer said.

The sidewalks around Times Square are secured with more than 200 steel bollards meant to prevent accidental or criminal vehicle intrusions, said Rob Reiter, chief security consultant for CalPipe Security Bollards.

That network of barricades, though, is far from a complete defense. Sources also said police are trying to determine whether Rojas suffers from psychological problems, based on statements made at the time of his arrest.

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