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South by Southwest: Arrest in deadly vehicle crash
bbc.co.uk ^ | 13 March 2014

Posted on 03/13/2014 7:33:42 PM PDT by gooblah

Police have arrested a man suspected of driving through a pedestrian area at the South by Southwest festival, killing two and injuring 23.

Rashad Charjuan Owens, 21, will be charged with two counts of murder and 23 of assault, Austin officials said.

Police said the driver fled as they tried to stop him for drink driving and driving through a barricade.

The yearly festival in Texas draws large crowds and features new music, technology and film.

The driver of the vehicle hit multiple people on a street turned into a pedestrian walkway after midnight on Thursday, then sped down the street, hitting and killing a man from the Netherlands on a bicycle and an Austin woman on a moped.

Austin Police Chief Art Acevedo said he believed the driver was so intent on evading police that he wilfully drove into the crowd.

"It's clear for me from his actions, from what I've seen, that this is an individual who showed no regard for the human beings that he ploughed through in his attempt to get away," Mr Acevedo said


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; News/Current Events; US: Texas
KEYWORDS: rashadcharjuanowens

1 posted on 03/13/2014 7:33:42 PM PDT by gooblah
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To: gooblah

Austin is a pimple on the ass of Texas


2 posted on 03/13/2014 7:38:26 PM PDT by 12th_Monkey (One man one vote is a big fail, when the "one" man is an idiot.)
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To: gooblah

I have only one thing to say. And I’ll keep it to myself.


3 posted on 03/13/2014 7:39:56 PM PDT by loungitude (The truth hurts.)
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To: gooblah

Since it’s Texas, and he only killed two people, maybe he can claim ‘affluenza’ and get sentenced to some rehab and probation.


4 posted on 03/13/2014 7:44:20 PM PDT by PaulCruz2016
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To: gooblah
Police said the driver fled as they tried to stop him for drink driving and driving through a barricade.

Horrible thing to happen to young people. Anything can happen if you're at the wrong place at the wrong time. My daughter and her husband are heavily into the music scene in Austin. Thank God they're okay. Glad they caught the guy doing "drink driving". Is that where you're guzzling while the vehicle is moving?

5 posted on 03/13/2014 7:45:18 PM PDT by roadcat
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To: 12th_Monkey

You are correct. That’s why I live just south of Weird.


6 posted on 03/13/2014 7:45:36 PM PDT by unixfox (Abolish Slavery, Repeal the 16th Amendment)
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To: unixfox

I lived their twice, was glad to leave. I’m north a bit on the I35 autobahn.


7 posted on 03/13/2014 7:51:09 PM PDT by 12th_Monkey (One man one vote is a big fail, when the "one" man is an idiot.)
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To: gooblah

If anyone deserved the needle, it’s this guy.


8 posted on 03/13/2014 7:52:39 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: 12th_Monkey

Governor Perry said Austin is a blueberry in a bowl of tomato soup.


9 posted on 03/13/2014 7:53:12 PM PDT by VerySadAmerican (".....Barrack, and the horse Mohammed rode in on.")
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To: unixfox

“Rashad Charjuan Owens”

No picture is necessary.


10 posted on 03/13/2014 7:55:05 PM PDT by Lurker (Violence is rarely the answer. But when it is it is the only answer.)
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To: Lurker

One of Obamas sons. Complete with a criminal past.


11 posted on 03/13/2014 7:57:24 PM PDT by unixfox (Abolish Slavery, Repeal the 16th Amendment)
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To: 12th_Monkey

I am glad that the earlier reports it was a soldier from Fort Hood were false. I read that he had a string of run ins with the law and he was “an aspiring music producer”.


12 posted on 03/13/2014 8:12:36 PM PDT by jospehm20
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To: dfwgator

It is going to be real interesting to see how this plays out.

First you had one of the political heros staff kill a person DWI and got off with basically nothing.

Then the Travis county DA gets busted DWIx3 and gets a few weeks in the cooler and keeps her job in spite of laws saying otherwise.

Now how is it going to look in oh so leftist Austin when they throw the book at this guy?


13 posted on 03/13/2014 8:20:52 PM PDT by Clay Moore ("To learn who rules over you, simply find out who you are not allowed to criticize." ~Voltaire)
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To: roadcat

From watching countless British TV detective shows, I know that is what we in the US call “drunk driving.”


14 posted on 03/13/2014 8:21:00 PM PDT by PghBaldy (12/14 - 930am -rampage begins... 12/15 - 1030am - Obama's advance team scouts photo-op locations.)
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To: gooblah

Mr. Acevedo is simply being Mr. Acevedo. As a lifelong resident of Austin (65 years), compared to Mr. Acevedo’s several controversial years in Austin, I think I can comment to “some” degree on what he says on this SXSW incident albeit I admit to not having at this time a lot of facts re what happened specifically at SXSW last night.

What I do know about Acevedo is that he instituted the FORCED blood test in DUI cases. If you don’t agree with it, they will pile on and hold you down, cuff you and haul your ass to jail. I have seen it happen.

Prior to a half dozen cops piling on you, drunk or not, he sets up his cops down the main outgoing street from downtown Austin’s hundreds of bars just pulling people over for anything and everything. One ounce of insubordination on your part as a citizen and you are piled on. Putting a little more accurately...........”you fail to kiss their ass your going to jail”.

Next thing you know Austin is # 1 for DUI’s in the US and the restaurant bar business has gone to hell. Each DUI means thousands for the City and County coffers.

So far the courts are backing Aceveyhole but a large percentage of Austinites hate the son of a bitch. Google it, you will see.

SO, re SXSW, why was one of Aceveyhole’s room temp cops chasing a drunk down a street crowded with thousands of people? I guess we will get some answer on this in the next few days or weeks.

Let me be the first to say. Two people are dead and Aceveyhole should be fired! What part of DEAD do you not understand?! The young girl’s head was decapitated!


15 posted on 03/13/2014 8:31:37 PM PDT by Cen-Tejas (it's the debt bomb stupid!)
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To: jospehm20

He was arrested for DUI in Fairbanks, AK. He may have been a sodier at Ft Wainwright, Alaska. It’s in Fairbanks.


16 posted on 03/13/2014 8:38:34 PM PDT by Jet Jaguar
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To: Lurker
didnt you know that Charjuan is traditional Amish Name?


17 posted on 03/13/2014 8:39:43 PM PDT by MeshugeMikey (Jesus came to Save not Entertain / Ground John Kerry Now!)
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To: gooblah

Wonder if “rashad” is an undocumented dimmacrat, or a converted mooslim.


18 posted on 03/13/2014 8:43:08 PM PDT by matthew fuller (No, I don't miss GWB- I miss Dick Cheney and Don Rumsfeld.)
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To: matthew fuller

Sounds like “Sudden Jihad Syndrome” to me.


19 posted on 03/13/2014 8:43:41 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: PghBaldy
From watching countless British TV detective shows, I know that is what we in the US call “drunk driving.”

Duh!!! From the BBC, of course! Thanks for raising the bonnet on that.

20 posted on 03/13/2014 9:39:11 PM PDT by roadcat
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To: gooblah

If the police were chasing him should they share some part of the blame? I am not a lawyer, nor do I play one on TV, but if they weren’t chasing him he would not have killed and injured all those people. Just my opinion.


21 posted on 03/13/2014 10:41:54 PM PDT by Slyfox (When Jesus sees a momma holding her little baby, it reminds him of his own momma.)
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To: Jet Jaguar

Maybe he was. He was also arrested in Killeen in 2010. A fort Hood spokesman stated that he is not a soldier now, but it appears he stole the car he used from a soldier at Fort Hood.


22 posted on 03/14/2014 1:27:54 AM PDT by jospehm20
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To: Slyfox

The perp was already committing a crime, he was driving a stolen car. Cops should just let felons go?


23 posted on 03/14/2014 1:30:55 AM PDT by jospehm20
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To: gooblah

IDIOCRACY this is the driver-killer-Rashad Charjuan Owens


24 posted on 03/14/2014 1:35:54 AM PDT by dennisw (The first principle is to find out who you are then you can achieve anything -- Buddhist monk)
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To: dennisw

“Rashad Charjuan Owens”..

Told me all I needed to know. yet another one of odumbo’s “street rat” sons.


25 posted on 03/14/2014 4:23:22 AM PDT by DaveA37
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To: roadcat
./..they caught the guy doing "drink driving". Is that where you're guzzling while the vehicle is moving?

I had a friend that did some "drunk-drink" driving - ended up in the Erie Canal.

26 posted on 03/14/2014 5:26:59 AM PDT by trebb (Where in the the hell has my country gone?)
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To: Cen-Tejas

That’s an accurate description of Acevedo and the APD. Two more reasons to just avoid Austin like the plague.


27 posted on 03/14/2014 5:32:05 AM PDT by TADSLOS (The Event Horizon has come and gone. Buckle up and hang on.)
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To: VerySadAmerican

Polite way of putting it.


28 posted on 03/14/2014 5:46:00 AM PDT by 12th_Monkey (One man one vote is a big fail, when the "one" man is an idiot.)
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To: jospehm20

they are all “aspiring music producers” or “rap artists”


29 posted on 03/14/2014 5:47:18 AM PDT by 12th_Monkey (One man one vote is a big fail, when the "one" man is an idiot.)
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To: jospehm20

No certainly not. But I am not a fan of high speed police chases.


30 posted on 03/14/2014 5:58:32 AM PDT by Slyfox (When Jesus sees a momma holding her little baby, it reminds him of his own momma.)
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To: TADSLOS

I live west of town 28 miles and don’t go into Austin on average more than 10 times a year. To have a drink, I don’t go at all without a driver, cab or some arrangement for transportation as Acevedos troopers will haul you in even on ONE drink! Once they STOP you they are not letting you go if they smell booze on you and you WILLspend the night in jail.


31 posted on 03/14/2014 7:32:32 AM PDT by Cen-Tejas (it's the debt bomb stupid!)
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To: roadcat

No problemo.


32 posted on 03/14/2014 8:32:27 AM PDT by PghBaldy (12/14 - 930am -rampage begins... 12/15 - 1030am - Obama's advance team scouts photo-op locations.)
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