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For immediate release:
March 14, 2014
Contact:  Public Information Office, (512) 974-5017

Update: 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:     Seven Craenmehr, White male (D.O.B. 2-23-79)
                        Jamie Ranae West, White female (D.O.B. 10-5-86)

Arrested:        Owens, Rashad Charjuan, black male, (D.O.B. 7-30-1992)
 
Update:
Rashad Charjuan Owens has been officially charged with Capital Murder, and has a bond of $3 Million.  He is still in custody in the Travis County Jail. Other charges will be presented to the Travis County Grand Jury at a later date. The reason only one Capital Murder charge was filed is that Texas State law requires two or more deaths in the same criminal transaction for the filing of a Capital Murder charge. Please refer to section 19.03 (7) of the Texas Penal Code which can be found here: http://www.statutes.legis.state.tx.us/Docs/PE/htm/PE.19.htm#19.03
 
The Officer that initiated the traffic stop is Lewis Traylor #7258, who was commissioned on July 13, 2012. He is currently assigned to the Region 3 Patrol sector.  Officer Traylor will remain on full duty status. Pursuant to departmental policy and procedures the actions of all involved APD personnel will be thoroughly reviewed.
 
There were a total of 25 people injured including the two deceased and the suspect.  All of the names of the injured were released yesterday with the exception of the three listed below and the suspect:
 
Gracie Nguyen – Serious Condition – UMC Brackenridge Hospital
DeAndre Tatum – Critical Condition – UMC Brackenridge Hospital
Sandy Le – Critical Condition – UMC Brackenridge Hospital
                             
All involved parties have been identified and names released.
 
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.

A booking photo of Owens is below:

           

 
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