SXSW accident suspect was rapper en route to nearby performance
Rashad Charjuan Owens, the 21-year-old arrested after a horrifying auto accident that killed two people and injured 23 near two SXSW venues, was in town to perform a 1 a.m. set at another area venue.
A report in the Austin American-Statesman offers new details on the chronology of events leading up to the tragic events on Red River street, one of the major arteries where a number of clubs reside that host SXSW Music showcases.
Owens had reportedly been booked to perform at Club 1808, several blocks from the scene of the accident. His stage name is KillingAllBeatz or K.A.B254, and a Soundcloud account exists with some of his purported work.
Police observed him making a turn from an improper lane and driving with his lights off, and moved to pull him over to assess whether he was intoxicted.
In the arrest warrant, Owens is quoted as telling police he panicked at the sight of the police lights in his rear-view mirrordue to old kidnapping warrants issued as part of a custody battle over his daughter.
Owens' blood-alcohol level was measured at .114, exceeding the DWI threashold of .08, according to published reports.
His brother, Lamar Wilson, told the American-Statesman that Owens had borrowed the car he was driving from a friend named Andrew Bramwell, however, Bramwell, a soldier stationed at Fort Hood, reported the car stolen the day of the incident.