Fairbanks man was reported driver in Texas incident

A 21-year-old man from Killeen, Texas, is being held in connection with the deaths of two people at the South by Southwest festival in Austin.

Rashad Charjuan Owens, formerly of Fairbanks, was taken into custody Thursday morning and will face two counts of capital murder and 23 counts of aggravated assault, according to Austin Police.

Police say the incident began at about 12:30 a.m. with a police stop at a sobriety checkpoint.

The car fled, eventually hitting a bicyclist and a passenger on a moped.

Twenty-three people were injured and five remained in at least critical condition as of this (Thursday) afternoon.

Owens reportedly moved to Fairbanks a few years ago to raise a son, but recently returned to Texas.

In october 2011, he pled guilty in Fairbanks court to driving while intoxicated and leaving the scene of an accident. He was sentenced to 75 days in jail, with all but ten days suspended, fined 15 hundred dollars, and placed on 2 years unsupervised probation.

A year later, a warrant was issued for Owens for failure to appear for a hearing on a misdemeanor charge of criminal mischef. That warant is still outstanding.