Man who plowed car into crowd at SXSW charged with capital murder
By Josh Rubin and Faith Karimi, CNN
Austin, Texas (CNN) — A driver who plowed into a crowded street at a popular festival in Austin this week, killing two people, was charged with capital murder, police said Friday. Rashad Charjuan Owens allegedly tore through the crowd while drunk, running over people and hitting other cars. At least 23 others were injured.
Police caught Owens, 21, after an alleged foot chase, and Tasered him. His bond was set at $3 million. Authorities have not released names of the dead, but they were a Dutch man on a bicycle and a local woman on a moped, Austin Police Chief Art Acevedo said. MassiveMusic, a music agency with offices around the world, posted a statement on its website identifying the company’s Amsterdam-based creative director, Steven Craenmehr, as killed Thursday in Austin.
“During the eight years that Steven worked for MassiveMusic, we got to know him as an unstoppable force, full of life, love and laughter,” it said. “This is an irreplaceable loss for the MassiveMusic family, and we are grateful for the years we spent with him. Our thoughts are with Steven’s family and friends.”
Owens allegedly plowed through a barricade while attempting to flee police and and struck crowds listening to music just after midnight Wednesday.