The Los Angeles district attorney’s office announced it has charged Anthony Rauda with the murder of Tristan Beaudette, 35, who was shot and killed while in his tent during a June 2018 camping trip with his two young daughters at Malibu Creek State Park.
Rauda, 42, has also been charged with 10 counts of attempted murder in connection with a series of shootings in the upper Malibu Canyon region near Calabasas over the past two years.
Arrested in October on a parole violation after a manhunt in the Santa Monica Mountains, Rauda was found in possession of the rifle that authorities believe he used to terrorize the Las Virgenes area.
He is scheduled to be arraigned today in Los Angeles County Superior Court in Van Nuys.
Rauda opened fire on several unsuspecting campers or motorists dating back to November 2016, when he allegedly wounded a man who was sleeping in a hammock in the Malibu State Park area, the district attorney’s office said in a news release. He shot into vehicles on three different occasions in 2017, the D.A. said, although no one was injured in those instances.
He was also charged with committing five burglaries in the region.
Several locations were struck multiple times—the office in the 26800 block of Mulholland Highway was burglarized on March 8, 2017, and a business in the 700 block of Malibu Canyon road was targeted twice, on Sept. 24 and Oct. 4 of this year.
“He was desperate for food,” said Brian Boudreau, owner the Malibu Valley Farms equestrian ranch on Mulholland Highway whose offices were broken into twice last year.
Rauda, who is believed to have lived in the coastal mountain range for several years, was sentenced Nov. 29 in Los Angeles Superior Court to 160 days in jail for a parole violation.
Now he’s looking at the possibility of a life sentence, the D.A. said.
Deputy District Attorney Cynthia Barnes of the Major Crimes Division is prosecuting the case.
The case remains under investigation by the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department.
“(The) charges bring us one step closer to a renewed sense of safety—and for that, we have our local law enforcement to thank,” said state Sen. Henry Stern (D-Calabasas). “Our community deserves to feel secure and be secure. We look forward to continuing our work alongside local authorities to see this through to the end.”
This story will be updated.