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January 31, 2023: Tesla Driver Charged For Series of Road Rage Attacks in Los Angeles County

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Los Angeles County District Attorney George Gascón announced today that Nathaniel Radimak has been charged with threatening multiple people on Southern California roadways and damaging some of their vehicles.

“The victims in this case were reasonably terrified by what they experienced, but this reign of terror ends today,” District Attorney Gascón said. “Motorists in Los Angeles shouldn’t have to live in fear of being attacked while simply driving on the freeway. Our office will continue to work with our partners in law enforcement to determine if this person has committed similar acts against people in Los Angeles County and elsewhere.”

Radimak (dob 9/30/86) was charged in case BA511358 with four counts each of assault by means of force likely to produce great bodily injury and criminal threats and one felony count of vandalism. He also faces two misdemeanor counts of vandalism and one misdemeanor count of elder abuse.

He pleaded not guilty today and is expected to return to court for a preliminary hearing setting in Department 50 on February 14.

On January 11, the defendant is accused of using a pipe and striking someone’s car on the 2 Freeway. Later that day, Radimak allegedly followed a couple from a shopping mall in Pasadena and nearly struck their car with his vehicle. He also allegedly struck their vehicle with a metal pole.

On November 9, 2022, Radimak is accused of threatening to attack a woman at a storage facility in Atwater Village. Later that day, he allegedly got out of his vehicle and threatened another woman on a freeway and broke one of her headlights.

Last June, the defendant also is accused of threatening to assault a 74-year-old woman outside a doctor’s office in Glendale.

Radimak has a pending case where he is accused of allegedly attacking another driver in a road rage incident that occurred in Hollywood in January 2020. When his car was searched, he allegedly had steroids and more than $30,000. He is charged in case BA494303 with one felony count of possession for sale of a controlled substance and one misdemeanor count of battery.

The District Attorney’s Office filed a request with the court that he be preventatively detained pending the outcome of these matters. Our office believes that he is a flight risk and a danger to the community and base this decision on his lengthy criminal history which spans nearly two decades and crosses multiple states and jurisdictions.

A judge granted the request at the initial hearing today.

The case remains under investigation by the Los Angeles and Pasadena police departments and the California Highway Patrol. If you or someone you know have encountered the defendant and suffered threats or assaultive behavior, please report it to your local law enforcement agency.