Tyler, the Creator was arrested on Saturday (March 15) and charged with inciting a riot at a show on Thursday. Travis County Sheriff’s spokesman Roger Wade told the AP that the 23-year-old Odd Future frontman was likely to be arraigned today.
According to the Associated Press, which reported the news, the Odd Future frontman faces up to a year in jail and a $4,000 fine if convicted on the misdemeanor charge in the incident at Scoot Inn in Austin, Texas. He was arrested at the Austin-Bergstrom Airport, the report claimed.
The incident is unrelated to the tragic events that unfolded early Thursday morning at another scheduled and subsequently canceled show at which Tyler (born Tyler Gregory Okonma) was set to perform.
That fatal incident unfolded shortly after midnight local time early Thursday morning, when a motorist who had been stopped on suspicion of DUI sped away from police and broke through a barricade, driving the wrong way down a one-way street that was packed with festivalgoers outside Mohawk nightclub. The car slammed into the crowd, hitting two people who died on impact.
Rashad Charjuan Owens, 22, of Killeen, Texas, has subsequently been identified as the suspect. Police Chief Art Acevedo told reporters that the driver will face two capital murder charges and 23 aggravated assault counts in the incident. The deceased victims have since been named: 35-year-old Steven Craenmehr was a creative director & sonic branding specialist at the Amsterdam firm Massive Music and 27-year-old Jamie West was a native of Austin.
For his part, by Friday, Tyler was apparently feeling the weight of an unexpectedly rough festival week. He took to Twitter to lament the carelessness of inebriated drivers without regard for human life in the car crash incident. But also, separately, to take issue with those who were “making me out to be a bad guy.” He explained that he would not perform anymore shows at the annual fest as a result.
[Ed. note: This story has been updated to correct inaccuracies and properly reflect events alleged in a police warrant.]