Transient with jail record held in rampage
The man suspected of being behind the wheel of a sedan that careened down the crowded Venice Beach boardwalk last weekend, killing an Italian newlywed on her honeymoon and injuring 16, is a transient who served brief stints in jail in Colorado, authorities said Monday.
Nathan Louis Campbell, 38, had been in the Los Angeles area a short time but had no fixed address, and police have been unable to find any evidence he was working.
Investigators believe Campbell, who was arrested for investigation of murder after he walked into a police station several hours after the rampage Saturday, was driving his own car, Los Angeles police Cmdr. Andrew Smith said.
“I think we can safely say, when he turned himself in ... he implicated himself in the Venice incident,” Smith said.
Investigators have yet to provide an explanation why the driver maneuvered around a vehicle barrier early that evening and plowed into tourists and vendors along the fabled walkway bordering the Pacific, killing Alice Gruppioni, 32.
Her new husband, Christian Casadei, was at her side. He suffered minor injuries.
One person was critically injured and two others were taken to hospitals in serious condition. The 13 others all suffered less- severe injuries.
Little is known about Campbell, who is being held on $1 million bail. No relatives or close friends have emerged since the incident to talk about him, and police have revealed scant details.
Campbell lived in Colorado as recently as last year. He was evicted from his apartment in Denver for not paying $655 in rent in March 2012, records show.
He was sentenced to five days in jail after pleading guilty to shoplifting at a Denver supermarket in February 2009. Five months later, he was accused of trespassing at an outdoor mall in Denver and sentenced to 10 days in jail, court records show.