HOLLYWOOD HILLS—On Wednesday, January 31, Los Angeles County District Attorney George Gascón announced that a Tesla Driver responsible for a series of road rage attacks across Los Angeles was formally charged. Nathaniel Radimak, 36, is being held on bail for $5.1 million at a jail on 7600 South Broadway in Los Angeles.
Radimak reportedly threatened multiple people on roadways from January 2020 through January 2023, and damaged some vehicles in the process.
On November 9, 2022, Radimak threatened to attack a woman at a storage facility in Atwater Village. Later in the day, he allegedly threatened another woman on a freeway by getting out of his car and breaking one of her headlights.
In June 2022, Radimak threatened to assault a 74-year-old woman outside of a doctor’s office in Glendale.
On January 11, 2023, he used a pipe to strike someone’s car on the 2 Freeway, near York Boulevard. Later that day, Radimak allegedly followed a couple from a shopping mall in Pasadena. He attempted to strike their vehicle with his, then allegedly struck the couple’s vehicle with a metal pipe. The first incident was caught on a dash-cam video, which was widely shared online. California Highway Patrol received several tips from the public which led to his arrest in Torrance on January 29.
“The victims in this case were reasonably terrified by what they experienced, but this reign of terror ends today,” said District Attorney Gascón in Wednesday’s news release. “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.”
According to Gascón, Radimak has a lengthy criminal history which spans nearly two decades and crosses multiple states and jurisdictions.
He has a pending case after allegedly attacking a driver in a road rage incident that occurred in Hollywood in January 2020. When his car was searched, officers discovered steroids and more than $30,000. Radimak was charged with one felony count of possession for sale of a controlled substance and one misdemeanor count of battery.
In 2022, Radimak threatened to kill his ex-girlfriend numerous times according to court documents and she requested a restraining order against him, the Press Telegram reported.
The suspect was charged with four counts 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 and is expected to return to court for a preliminary hearing on Tuesday, February 14. Per the DA Office’s request, the suspect is being preventatively detained “pending the result of these matters,” declaring him a flight risk and a danger to the community.
Anyone who encountered the defendant and suffered threats or assaultive behavior, is asked to contact California Highway Patrol Central Los Angeles office at (213) 744-2331.