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Tesla road-rage suspect allegedly threatened to kill girlfriend and her family

Tesla road-rage suspect allegedly threatened to kill girlfriend and her family

The driver of a Tesla suspected of attacking motorists with a metal pipe in two recent road-rage incidents previously terrorized and threatened to kill a Long Beach woman whom he was dating, according to court records.

In a 15-page domestic violence restraining order request filed last year in Los Angeles Superior Court, the 41-year-old woman said Nathaniel Radimak, 36, punched and choked her and vowed to kill her family in a series of violent encounters from 2019 to 2022.

“He threatened to use (a) lug wrench tool to bash my head,” she wrote in the request. “Threatened to buy a knuckle four-finger fist ring to hit me. He states that my body will be floating at the bottom of the ocean dissolving.”

Radimak was arrested Sunday, Jan. 29, at a car wash in Torrance following a tip to the California Highway Patrol.

Radimak is charged with four counts each of criminal threats and assault by means of force likely to produce great bodily injury 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 Tuesday and is expected to return to court for a preliminary hearing setting on Feb. 14.

“The victims, in this case, were reasonably terrified by what they experienced, but this reign of terror ends today,” District Attorney George Gascón said in a statement Tuesday. “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, suspected of driving a black 2022 Tesla Model X, is accused of using a pipe on Jan. 11 to strike a motorist’s car on the 2 Freeway near York Boulevard in Los Angeles.

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 hit their vehicle with a metal pole.

On Nov. 9, 2022, Radimak allegedly threatened 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, Radimak allegedly threatened to assault a 74-year-old woman outside a doctor’s office in Glendale.

Radimak has a pending case in which he is accused of allegedly attacking another driver in a road rage incident in Hollywood in January 2020, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office said Tuesday.

When his car was searched following the incident, he allegedly had steroids and more than $30,000 in cash. In that case, he is charged with one felony count of possession for the sale of a controlled substance and one misdemeanor count of battery.

The woman who requested a restraining order against Radimak’s said she, too, encountered his rage traveling with him in a vehicle.

She alleges that on Sept. 5, 2019, he drove her to a supermarket, where he sat in a parking lot waiting to hit someone with a tire tool. However, nothing happened and he allegedly drove off recklessly, swerving back and forth, blaming the woman for his bad behavior.

Later that same day while she and Radimak were at her friend’s wedding rehearsal dinner, he allegedly became belligerent again. “He was in my face, screaming and cursing, and he slapped my face,” the woman said. “He threatened to ruin the wedding and beat everyone up. I couldn’t let that happen so I stayed quiet and tried to calm him down.”

In another 2019 episode, the woman alleged, Radimak became enraged, tried to choke her and shoved her into a wall. She wrote in the restraining order request that he also pretended to be her husband, phoned an airline, and canceled her flight to Hawaii for the following morning.

“He stormed out of the apartment and was cursing about me and how he was going to finish me off,” she said.

On Feb. 19, 2022, Radimak allegedly created email accounts to further threaten and frighten the woman. “Emails were sent on several created accounts with my name saying I should be dead before he comes after me, I will be shot upon approach, he is tracking my moves, (and) I will be stabbed on first sight,” the woman said.

In another violent encounter on Feb. 3, 2020, Radimak allegedly choked the woman and shoved her head into a refrigerator, causing her to lose consciousness.

“I woke up shaking on the floor, eyes blurry and dark,” she said. “I tried calling 9-1-1, but I didn’t have the strength to press SOS buttons and I couldn’t unlock the phone.”

In the last incident on March 25, 2022, Radimak allegedly sent chilling texts, telling the woman — who had moved to another residence — that she couldn’t hide from him. “He said I should end my life beforehand,” she wrote.

The woman’s request for a restraining order was dismissed in April 2022 because she failed to attend a court hearing.

Staff writer Ruby Gonzales contributed to this report.