DENVER (AP) _ Court records show the man arrested for investigation of plowing into a crowd at Venice Beach once lived in Colorado and served time for shoplifting.
The records say 38-year-old Nathan Campbell was accused of shoplifting at Denver Pavilions in February 2009. He pleaded guilty and was sentenced to five days in jail.
Five months later, he was accused of trespassing at the outdoor mall on Denver's 16th Street pedestrian mall and later sentenced to 10 days in jail.
Campbell lived in Colorado at least as recently as last year.
He was evicted from his apartment in Denver for not paying $655 in rent in March 2012.
VENICE (CNS) - A 38-year-old man named Nathan Louis Campbell has been arrested for murder for driving a Dodge Avenger down Ocean Front Walk, plowing into a dozen people and killing an Italian woman on her honeymoon, police said.
Campbell's hometown was not available, but jail records show he was booked for suspicion of murder at 2:43 a.m., and was held today on a $1 million bail.
Alice Gruppioni, 32, of Italy, died following the crash, said coroner's investigator Kristy McCracken. An autopsy was pending for the woman, who was at the beach for her honeymoon.
The mass casualty incident was reported at 6:01 p.m. Saturday in the 100 block of Dudley Avenue, according to Brian Humphrey of the Los Angeles Fire Department.
Another victim remained in critical condition, two were in serious condition and eight were being treated for less-serious injuries, LAPD Lt. Andy Nieman said.
A number of the injured were carried to emergency vehicles on stretchers.
Witnesses said the driver of the car -- described as a 2008 to 2010 black or dark blue Dodge Avenger -- seemed to purposely aim at pedestrians as he swerved on and off the curb.
A man who identified himself as ``Justin'' said he was selling art from his booth when he heard a ``scraping'' sound to his left and saw a car ``careening a bit out of control. It took out a whole booth of sunglasses,'' he said. ``Like smash, like you see in a movie -- like a fruit stand smash.''
``I'm kind of playing chicken with him, fight or flight,'' Justin said. ``I ran but not before I saw him hit three other people and, you know, take off down the block at like 40, running people over and leaving a wake of destruction,'' he said.
The suspect began his deadly path of destruction on Dudley Avenue and sped south near Sunset Avenue, Neiman said.
The man abandoned the car at Ocean Park Boulevard and Beverly Avenue in Santa Monica, about two miles away. According to Neiman, the suspect walked into the Santa Monica police station, where he was questioned and later arrested.
An LAPD bomb-sniffing dog was called to check the abandoned car for explosive devices in what Neiman termed ``an abundance of caution ... based on (the suspect's) mannerisms.''
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