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A car rests on a security barrier in New York's Times Square after driving through a crowd of pedestrians, injuring at least a dozen people, Thursday, May 18, 2017. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)

Suspect in deadly Times Square mayhem was charged with murder


WATCH | A speeding car struck pedestrians on a sidewalk in Times Square.

UPDATE MAY 19, 11:52 A.M.: The suspect in the deadly Times Square mayhem has been charged with murder. The New York Police Department said 26-year-old Richard Rojas, of the Bronx, was charged late Thursday with murder, 20 counts of attempted murder and five counts of aggravated vehicular homicide.

Rojas is to be arraigned Friday. It wasn’t clear if he has a lawyer.

WATCH: Surveillance footage shows the moment the suspect's car plowed through pedestrians in Times Square and the aftermath.

UPDATE 1:10 p.m. EST: 

Witnesses told police the driver appeared intoxicated. A law enforcement official, speaking on the condition of anonymity, told the Associated Press that the 26-year-old man has a history of driving while intoxicated.

Police do not suspect terrorism, but a bomb squad was summoned to check the vehicle -- a maroon Honda sedan -- as a precaution.

UPDATE 1:07 p.m. EST:  FDNY said one person is dead and 19 injured.

UPDATE 12:48 p.m. EST:  NYPD said the crash isn't an act of terrorism.

UPDATE 12:46 p.m. EST:  Sean Spicer said President Trump is aware of the incident.

One person is dead and several others were injured after a speeding car struck pedestrians on a sidewalk in New York's Times Square on Thursday, Reuters reported. 

The Fire Department of New York said 13 were hurt, Bloomberg reported.

Witnesses told Reuters the car drove against traffic onto the sidewalk.

According to a police spokesperson, the New York Police Department closed the area at W 42nd and 7th Ave. The driver is in custody. 

The driver being arrested. 

New York Mayor Andrew Cuomo being briefed. 

This is a developing story, check back for updates.

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