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New York driver suspect Richard Rojas was ‘hearing voices’

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

Richard Rojas, 26, is accused of steering his car onto the pavement in the heart of Times Square[1], driving for three blocks and hitting 23 pedestrians along the way. One of them – a teenager – died.

He then walked from the vehicle waving his arms before being tackled by members of the public, including a ticket seller and a security guard at a Planet Hollywood restaurant.

Initially, there were fears the incident had been a terrorist attack but investigators discounted that and are focusing on Rojas’s sobriety and mental health.

Rojas, who lived in the Bronx, said he was hearing voices and had expected to die, according to law enforcement officials quoted by the Associated Press.

He tested negative for alcohol but it is understood that he is also undergoing tests while in police custody to see if he had taken drugs.

:: NYC crash witness – It was a gruesome scene[2]

People who lived near Rojas described him as a friendly man who had been having problems.

Last week, he was arrested and charged after allegedly threatening a notary with a knife. He had accused the notary of stealing his identity.

In 2008 and 2015, he was arrested for drink-driving. After pleading guilty in 2015, he lost his driving license for 90 days.

During this time, he had told police he was being harassed and followed.

Rojas enlisted in the US Navy in 2011 and served on the destroyer USS Carney in 2012.

His most recent base was at Jacksonville in Florida but he was discharged three years ago after being court-martialled for reasons that have not been disclosed.

New York Driver Suspect Richard Rojas Was 'hearing Voices'

References

  1. ^ steering his car onto the pavement in the heart of Times Square (news.sky.com)
  2. ^ NYC crash witness – It was a gruesome scene (news.sky.com)

British doctor sent final text saying ‘gunman in the house’ before sacked security guard slit his throat, it emerges

A British doctor sent a final text saying “gunman in the house” before a sacked security guard slit his throat, it has emerged.

Doctor Richard Field, 49, and his fianc e Lina Bolanos, 38, were found tied up with their throats cut in their luxury penthouse in Boston, Massachusetts[1].

British Doctor Sent Final Text Saying 'gunman In The House' Before Sacked Security Guard Slit His Throat, It Emerges

Bampumim Teixeira at Tufts Medical Centre in Boston Credit: David L Ryan/The Boston Globe

Former security guard Bampumim Teixeira, 30, was charged with two counts of murder on Monday over the killings of the two anesthesiologists, who planned to marry.

British Doctor Sent Final Text Saying 'gunman In The House' Before Sacked Security Guard Slit His Throat, It Emerges

Dr Richard Field, 49, and Dr Lina Bolanos who were murdered in Boston

Mr Conley said authorities were at a loss to explain why Teixeira “would attack them so viciously” in their home. Mr Pappas said police found a backpack near the front door that was filled with jewellery they believe belonged to Dr Bolanos.

British Doctor Sent Final Text Saying 'gunman In The House' Before Sacked Security Guard Slit His Throat, It Emerges

Lina Bolanos

Authorities have yet to explain how the couple were killed or how Teixeira managed to navigate security to reach the 11th floor of the building, where the couple lived. Teixeira lay in his bed at Tufts Medical Center covered up to his chin by a blanket during the arraignment. He kept his eyes closed through most of the proceeding.

British Doctor Sent Final Text Saying 'gunman In The House' Before Sacked Security Guard Slit His Throat, It EmergesBampumim Teixeira charged for murder in hospital bed 01:26

Steven Sack, a court-appointed attorney for Teixeira, entered not-guilty pleas on his behalf to two counts of murder. He did not argue for bail.

Mr Pappas said Teixeira was shot in the hand, abdomen and leg during the shootout with police. Teixeira mumbled, “Thank you,” at the end of the arraignment.

Dr Richard Field worked at North Shore Pain Management. Their statement: pic.twitter.com/Wsic0FKnsV[2]

Elysia Rodriguez (@ElysiaBoston25) 6 May 2017[3]

Teixeira, of nearby Chelsea, had recently been released from jail after serving time for larceny. Last June, he passed a note demanding money at a Boston bank. He committed the same crime two years earlier, prosecutors said.

Dr Bolanos was a pediatric anesthesiologist at Massachusetts Eye and Ear and an instructor at Harvard Medical School. According to reports Dr Field, also an anesthesiologist, was born in Hammersmith, west London, and the Massachusetts medical register said he graduated from Sheffield University’s medical school in 1999.

British Doctor Sent Final Text Saying 'gunman In The House' Before Sacked Security Guard Slit His Throat, It Emerges

Dr Richard Field, 49, and Dr Lina Bolanos who were murdered in Boston

The North Shore Pain Management centre, where he had worked since 2010, described him as a “guiding vision” who gave patients and colleagues his “tireless devotion”.

“His tragic and sudden passing leaves an inescapable void in all of us,” the centre added in a statement. Paying tribute, one patient wrote on Facebook: “He was an amazing Dr. who was so kind and compassionate.

“I always said if he ever moved back to England I would follow him. Dr Field changed my life.”

British Doctor Sent Final Text Saying 'gunman In The House' Before Sacked Security Guard Slit His Throat, It Emerges

Dr Richard Field, 49, and Dr Lina Bolanos who were murdered in Boston

The Foreign & Commonwealth Office has not confirmed his nationality.

Jeffrey MacDowell, a patient of Dr Field’s, said he was “a cut above” other doctors he has seen for back problems.

“He is the reason I can walk today without being in excruciating pain,” Mr MacDowell said.

Suspect held without bail in homicides of Lina Bolanos and Richard Field in South Boston: https://t.co/0vX4rXnHm0[4]

DA Dan Conley (@DADanConley) 8 May 2017[5]

Mr MacDowell said he recently hugged Dr Field for making him feel better and told him, “You’re lucky I don’t kiss you.”

“You can’t do that with many doctors. I will dearly miss him and am worried about my future without him treating me,” he said.

British Doctor Sent Final Text Saying 'gunman In The House' Before Sacked Security Guard Slit His Throat, It Emerges

Dr Richard Field, 49, and Dr Lina Bolanos who were murdered in Boston

Dr Sunil Eappen, chief medical officer and chief of anesthesia at Massachusetts Eye and Ear, said he first met Dr Bolanos when she was a young researcher.

“I watched her mature and blossom from a young medical school graduate to a fabulous experienced pediatric anesthesiologist,” he said.

Dr Eappen said she performed her job with both great skill and compassion.

“Everyone at Mass. Eye and Ear really loved her,” he said. “It is desperately hard for all of us to fathom that our friend who never failed to brighten our days is no longer with us.”

Prosecutors corrected earlier reports that police shot a suspect after he opened fire on them inside the couple’s apartment on Friday night.

Daniel Conley[6], Suffolk county district attorney, held a news conference to correct earlier reports, stating that earlier suggestions that the suspect fired at police were incorrect. Mr Conley also contradicted earlier statements made by Boston police commissioner William Evans, who said he believed the doctors knew their assailant, stating that there was no evidence to suggest that. Teixeira was shot three times after police confronted him in the couple’s condo on Friday night.

British Doctor Sent Final Text Saying 'gunman In The House' Before Sacked Security Guard Slit His Throat, It Emerges

Dr Richard Field, 49, and Dr Lina Bolanos who were murdered in Boston

Police had initially said officers opened fire on Teixeira after he shot at them when they arrived at the apartment, a claim which was repeated by prosecutor John Pappas during the suspect’s arraignment in hospital on Monday afternoon.

But on Monday night, Mr Conley said Teixeira had not shot at police, but in the darkened room officers mistakenly believed Teixeira was aiming a gun at them. Mr Conley revealed police arrived at the scene after Dr Field, in his final moments of life, texted a friend to report “a gunman in the house”. He said police entered the apartment and were confronted by Teixeira and – in the darkened apartment – mistakenly believed the suspect either pointed or fired a gun at them. Authorities now believe that one officer responded by firing his weapon, then other officers also fired their guns.

Developing Overnight: Police shoot armed suspect after discovering gruesome double murder in South Boston penthouse. https://t.co/1CxGLGMcMX pic.twitter.com/TtmCBok2Wt[7][8]

WBZ Boston News (@cbsboston) 6 May 2017[9]

Mr Conley said police found a BB gun or a “replica gun” inside a backpack in the apartment and a knife was also found at the scene.

“We are simply informing the public to correct the record,” Mr Conley said.

The attorney also said there is “no evidence whatsoever” at this point to conclude Teixeira had a personal relationship with Dr Field or Dr Bolanos.

References

  1. ^ Boston, Massachusetts (www.bostonglobe.com)
  2. ^ pic.twitter.com/Wsic0FKnsV (t.co)
  3. ^ 6 May 2017 (twitter.com)
  4. ^ https://t.co/0vX4rXnHm0 (t.co)
  5. ^ 8 May 2017 (twitter.com)
  6. ^ Daniel Conley (www.suffolkdistrictattorney.com)
  7. ^ https://t.co/1CxGLGMcMX (t.co)
  8. ^ pic.twitter.com/TtmCBok2Wt (t.co)
  9. ^ 6 May 2017 (twitter.com)

“England expects that every man will do his duty” – Newstalk 106-108 fm

In 1805 Europe lay in the shadow of Napoleon and his newly minted French Empire. The, as yet, unmatched Grande Arm e had brought most of the west of the continent to heel and were poised to do the same to the remnants of the Holy Roman Empire in the east. Little stood between Britain and her ancient enemy France but water and boats.

This vulnerability is key to why Horatio Nelson became the hero of Britain. Despite its vast empire, Britain could never hope to match the French army in the field. Napoleon had amassed an incredibly strong body of soldiers who were well armed and well led. Compared to this force the derided British redcoats were of little consequence. For all their martial prowess, though, the Grande Arm e couldn t float, nor could they conquer London from Calais.

To silence Britain, and her funding of any and all opposition to French expansion, Napoleon would first need to subdue the English Channel and its guardian, the Royal Navy. This was no easy task as Britain, reliant on the oceans for protection and to knit her empire together, had developed a fleet the envy of all other nations. While the British ships tended to be better equipped than their continental counterparts, what truly distinguished them were the men. Though many men were pressed into service most who sailed under the union jack did so for the chance to secure bountiful reward. Many of these came from coastal towns and villages where sailing was as much a part of life as walking. This maritime familiarity wasn t restricted to the Jack Tars swinging through the rigging either and the officer class was filled with men who called the ocean home. This was particularly true of Admiral Nelson, who took to sea at just 12 years of age.

The nephew of an influential naval officer, nepotism secured Nelson his first posting and ensured the first rungs in a naval career were within easy reach. Nelson did not rise on name alone and proved himself an able seaman as he rose through the ranks during periods of relative peace. It was in war that Nelson thrived though and in which he would make a name for himself. Tactically sound and insanely brave Nelson won the admiration of officer and seaman alike by leading his own bold missions from the front. While Napoleon made a name for himself during the French Revolutionary Wars, Nelson did likewise at sea. By the time the brilliant Corsican officer was crowned Emperor of France, Nelson, already an Admiral, had become the hero of the Nile and a thorn in France s side. Napoleon s mastery of war on land seemed mirrored in Nelson s ability at sea. The British superiority in ships and men did not ensure mastery of the waves, which would be boasted about for the following century and beyond, and the combined French and Spanish fleets still offered some threat to the larger British force in 1805.

This would all change utterly on the 25th of October, 1805 when Nelson sailed 33 ships into history and the muzzles of 41 French and Spanish ships off Cape Trafalgar on the Spanish coast. Determined to engage the enemy in a pell-mell battle Nelson launched his ships into the enemy lines in two columns. Once engaged Nelson could have little influence on the proceedings. Trusting superior British gunning and sailing would carry the day, he sent his last message to the fleet, England expects that every man will do his duty , before plunging his flagship, HMS Victory, into the fray at the head of one of the columns. By the close of battle Victory lay in ruins, yet the day was firmly carried by the British. 21 French and Spanish ships had been captured and their dead outnumbered the British ten to one. Yet King George III confessed we have lost more than we have gained on hearing that victory had come at the cost of Nelson s life.

Striding across the deck of Victory, Nelson was hit with a musket ball in his left shoulder which passed through his spine and lodged just below his right shoulder. Nelson knew the wound was fatal and was carried below decks where he died three hours later. Though Nelson did invite death by making himself so conspicuous, standing in the open in his officer s regalia, it was not more so than any other officer; he had been shot while walking alongside his flag captain Thomas Hardy. In the vicious fray of naval battle officers on all sides were expected to comport themselves with bravery and honour, cover was eschewed to provide an example to the men. Though Nelson is seen as an exemplar of this bravery many other officers lost their lives in similar fashion. Though the cost of victory was the loss of Britain s greatest naval commander, it was a truly fitting end. Nelson excelled in war and, with such a stunning victory at Trafalgar, he had ensured that Britain would rule the seas unopposed for more than a century. In the face of such dominance large scale naval battles were impossible, and Nelson could never flourish in such a world.

The timing of Nelson s death was also fortuitous for his legacy. Napoleon s success on the continent would continue largely unchecked until his ill fated invasion of Russia in 1812 and, despite her safe shores, Britain felt isolated and cold. Nelson offered a great reprieve during these troubling times and a beacon around which the British could coalesce. Returned to England in a cask of brandy, aboard the aptly named HMS Pickle, Nelson received a welcome befitting a British Achilles. 32 admirals, over a hundred captains, and an escort of 10,000 soldiers escorted his coffin from the Admiralty to his final resting place at St Paul s Cathedral, where he enjoys a preeminent position among the celebrated dead to this day. Join Tommy Graham as Talking History looks back on the life and legend of Horatio Nelson. Is he the great hero history has made him out to be? Or has time created a distorted reflection of an average seaman?

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