The Austin Chronicle has reported that Austin Police Department have officially charged Rashad Charjuan Owens with two counts of capital murder. The 22-year-old suspect may have been driving a stolen Toyota sedan when he fled a DUI checkpoint and intentionally drove through a crowd killing two people and injuring 23 South by Southwest attendees at 12:03 a.m. early Thursday. Charjuan has had a prior criminal past including pleading guilty to a DUI charge in 2011, according to Austin Statesmen.
Owens was arrested by the Killeen school district Police Department in September 2010; he pleaded guilty to criminal trespass, a class B misdemeanor, according to a search of public records. He appears to have no criminal history in Travis County, according to court records.
Ironically, Charjuan was a rapper that goes by K.A.B254. He might have been trying to get some exposure as an artist and things didn't go as planned. Here's some of his music he produced:
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