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News, Venice, Santa Monica, Police Department

Details Emerge About Suspect Who Plowed Into Crowds On Ocean Front Walk

Posted Aug. 5, 2013, 9:43 am

Brenton Garen / Editor-in-Chief

Flowers and candles near The Candle Café on Ocean Front Walk in Venice mark the spot where a 32-year-old Italian woman on her honeymoon was killed Saturday evening and 11 other people injured after a man plowed into crowds in a Dodge Avenger.

Suspect Nathan Louis Campbell, 38, is accused of driving his sedan onto the Venice boardwalk and mowing down clusters of people and vendor stands.

He is believed to be a transient from Colorado who was living in his car.

KTLA5 reports Campbell has had minor run-ins with the law including convictions dating back to 2002 for drunkenness in public and lighting an illegal fire.

His arrest record shows nothing that he would intentionally plow into innocent people, KTLA5 reports.

According to the Los Angeles Sheriff's Department inmate information website, Campbell was booked for murder following the incident at 2:43 am Sunday and is being held on $1 million bail.

The website lists his birthday as just two days prior to the incident on Thursday, Aug. 1.

The incident began at about 6 pm when Campbell began his rampage in the 100 block of Dudley Avenue before turning onto Ocean Front Walk and driving south.

Video of the incident shows the driver of the car seeming to purposely aim at pedestrians as he swerved on and off the curb.

The suspect abandoned the car about two miles away at Ocean Park Boulevard and Beverly Avenue in Santa Monica before turning himself in at the Santa Monica Police Department.

The Los Angeles County Coroner’s Office identified the woman killed as Italian Alice Gruppioni.

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Aug. 5, 2013, 3:08:12 pm

Natalie said...

I hope this guy spends the rest of his life in prison being forced to perform demeaning acts on gang members.

Aug. 6, 2013, 9:30:52 am

Paul Carey said...

Is it true that it took police and emergency services 40 minutes to respond?

Aug. 6, 2013, 10:17:22 am

J said...

@Paul - Fire rescue was there within minutes of the call. If it had taken that long you'd be hearing about it all over the news. Hundreds of witnesses would not keep their mouths shut about something like that.

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