Austin PD (Police Department)


Fatality Crash #10/Capital Murder


Case:            14-0720068

 Date:             Thursday, March 13, 2014

Time:              12:32 a.m.

 Location:      10th St. at Red River St.

Deceased:     male, female

Arrested:        Owens, Rashad Charjuan, black male, (D.O.B. 7-30-1992)

The preliminary investigation shows that an Austin Police Officer attempted to make a traffic stop at a Shell gas station at 9th Street and IH-35 service road. The suspect vehicle did not stop and continued traveling westbound at a high rate of speed on 9th Street (the wrong way). When the suspect, Rashad Charjuan Owens, black male, D.O.B. 9-30-1992, continued to increase his speed, the Officer followed him. Owens continued driving at a high rate of speed, turning right onto Red River Street, which was barricaded off for pedestrian traffic only for the SXSW Festival. The suspect crashed through the barricades, hitting several pedestrians on Red River Street between 9th and 11th Streets. Another Austin Police Officer who was on foot near the scene had to jump out of the way of the suspect vehicle. At the intersection of Red River and 11th Streets, the suspect hit a moped, a taxi cab and a bicyclist. At some point, the suspect’s vehicle drove onto a sidewalk and also struck a van.

Owens then took off on foot and two Austin Police Officers pursued him on foot, tased him and took him into custody. Owens is facing two counts of Capital Murder and multiple counts of Aggravated Assault with a Motor Vehicle. Formal charges are still pending.

There were 25 total patients, including the suspect. Two were pronounced deceased at the scene: a female occupant on the moped and a male bicyclist. Names of the deceased are being withheld pending family notifications.

Twenty-three additional patients were transported to area hospitals. Currently, two patients are still in critical condition, three patients are in serious condition, three are hospitalized with non-life threatening injuries and 15 were treated and released. Below is the list of the injured; three females and one male have not yet been identified.

Last Name

First Name

Age

Gender

Facility Name

West

Evan

29

Male

UMC-Brackenridge

McCraney

Joseph

26

Male

UMC-Brackenridge

Endres

Mason

18

Female

St.David's Hospital

Davis

Kartisha

18

Female

St.David's Hospital

Cerna

Greg

19

Male

South Austin Hospital

Martinez

April

29

Female

South Austin Hospital

Freeman

Ryan

20

Male

St.David's Hospital

Hailu

Johannes

39

Male

St.David's Hospital

Belyvia

Maria

20

Female

South Austin Hospital

Grace

Carolyn

19

Female

South Austin Hospital

Chenzer

Jeff

29

Male

South Austin Hospital

Easley

Ashley

20

Female

South Austin Hospital

Gallegos

Jacob

20

Male

South Austin Hospital

Hall

Erica

19

Female

South Austin Hospital

Henderson

Jane

24

Female

South Austin Hospital

Josma

William

29

Male

South Austin Hospital

Leura

Juan

20

Male

South Austin Hospital

Longhurst

Jaqueline

21

Female

South Austin Hospital

Zamarippa

Alexis

17

Female

South Austin Hospital

Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to call APD Vehicular Homicide Unit Detectives at (512) 974-5594. This is Austin’s 10th fatal traffic crash of 2014 and the 12th and 13th traffic fatalities of 2014. At this time in 2013, there were 20 traffic fatalities.

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Date: 4:44:18 PM 03/13/2014 CDT

 

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