New Charges Filed Against SXSW Suspect

Rashad Owens

New Charges Filed Against SXSW Suspect

Twenty-four counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon added to the docket for 21-year-old Rashad Owens, in addition to capital murder.

Published April 21, 2014

The 21-year-old man accused of mowing down innocent bystanders during the SXSW festival last month is facing four new assault charges, Billboard reports. 

Rashad Charjuan Owens now faces 24 counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, in addition to capital murder in the deaths of  27-year-old Jamie West and 35-year-old Steven Craenmehr, two victims he struck while trying to get away from authorities. The new charges, filed Friday (April 17), add an additional $500,000 to his bond, raising the amount to $5.1 million.

The most severely injured victim in the new batch of assault charges is 18-year-old high school student Mason Endres, who underwent two surgeries and physical therapy after the incident. Another victim sustained minor cuts and a third suffered head lacerations. 

Owens, a father of six, is an aspiring rapper who goes by the name KillingAllBeatz. He was in town for a performance at an Austin nightclub. Owens was allegedly attempting to flee from cops when he barreled into a crowd of people and kept driving until he was apprehended. "He’s a real good dude, he was in college and making music, and was trying to live regular,” his brother told

It is unclear if prosecutors will bring charges against him for the deaths of 26-year-old Sandy Le and 18-year-old DeAndreTatum, the fourth and youngest victim to pass away from the incident. 

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(Photo: Courtesy of Bell County Sheriff’s Office)

Written by Latifah Muhammad


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