Deputies arrested a burglary suspect on Wednesday who may have a connection to a series of shootings that occurred two years ago in Malibu, California. This includes one that killed a father sleeping in a tent with his children.
Investigators detained the person during an ongoing search for an armed prowler in eight burglaries in the Malibu and Calabasas which date back to October 2016. Jim McDonnell, Los Angeles County Sheriff speaking at an evening news conference, identified the suspect as Anthony Rauda aged 42-years.
McDonnell said, he was booked based on a no-bail felony parole violation warrant.
Multiple law enforcement sources familiar with the investigation said earlier in the day that Rauda was arrested in a remote area of Malibu Creek State Park.
The investigation was just the beginning, the sources said, and it was not immediately clear whether the man had a connection with the string of shootings in the state park earlier this year. Authorities also recovered a rifle.
McDonnell said that a big team of law enforcement officers embarked on a search at about 10 a.m. on Wednesday and after several hours came upon fresh boot tracks, heard rustling in the brush and then cornered a man.
He added that it was a very dangerous search, and thankfully it worked out as well as it did. The suspect had to give up after a few tense moments.
Tristan Beaudette, 35, a pharmaceutical scientist was fatally shot in the chest in June while he was camping with his two young daughters at the state park. He was shot once while sleeping in a tent, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department and no other injuries were reported.
Beaudette’s death was part of a string of shootings that started in the year 2016.
In another incident, a woman reported in June that her vehicle’s tailgate was pierced by a shotgun slug while she was sleeping inside.
When asked if Rauda could be a suspect in the shootings, McDonnell said at this point, they can’t say no and this certainly is part of the ongoing investigation.