MALIBU—On Monday, January 7, Anthony Rauda, 42, was charged with killing camper Tristan Beaudette and trying to kill 10 others during a series of shootings over the past two year in the Malibu Creek State Park area, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office announced.
Rauda was charged in case LA089735 with one count of murder and 10 counts of attempted murder. He was also charged with five counts of second-degree burglary. Deputy District Attorney Cynthia Barnes of the Major Crimes Division is prosecuting Rauda’s case. A $30,000 reward was offered for information leading to the arrest of a suspect in Beaudette’s murder. According to reports, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors, the city of Malibu and Beaudette’s employer, Allergan, added to the award.
The accusations against Rauda date back to November 2016, where he allegedly wounded a man who was sleeping in a hammock in the Malibu Creek State Park area. Less than a week later Rauda allegedly fired into a sleeping area of a vehicle in the Park region.He faces accusations of shooting into vehicles on three different occasions in 2017. No one was injured as a result of those shootings.
On June 18, 2018, Rauda is accused of shooting at a Tesla on Las Virgenes Road. Four days later, on June 22, Rauda allegedly shot and killed Tristan Beaudette, 35, father of two. Beaudette was camping in Malibu Creek State Park with his two young daughters when he was shot and killed inside his tent.
According to the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department, the shooting was reported at 4:44 a.m. on the 1900 block of Las Vrigenes Road, where he sustained one gunshot wound to his upper torso and was pronounced dead at the scene. His daughters were not injured during the incident.
“Tristan was happiest out in nature and spent every chance he could hiking, biking and camping with his family,” said his family in a statement. A GoFundMe page was setup for Beaudette.
“On behalf of Tristan’s wife Erica, we are heartbroken to share the news that Tristan is no longer with us. Words cannot express the absolute devastation and sorrow we feel from the loss of someone so dear to our family.
Tristan was out doing something he adored in life, being in the outdoors with his two young girls. His wife Erica was preparing to take an exam the next morning. This was their final step before taking well-deserved time off together as a family prior to their relocation to new jobs in the Bay Area. They were about to embark on a new chapter in their lives. And then it was all taken away, by a fatal gun shot in the middle of the night, in front of his two young daughters. Not a second goes by that we aren’t grappling with the senselessness of this crime.
Tristan, you were such an amazing father, husband, son, and brother. You were admired by so many for your devotion to your wife and two daughters. We are all so fortunate to have known you for your short time on Earth. You were taken from us far too early, doing something you loved with the girls you adored. You will be so dearly missed. May you rest in peace,” said the family in a statement.
According to the Los Angeles District Attorney’s Office, Rauda has been charged with several burglaries in the Calabasas area that transpired in 2018. During each of the burglaries, food items were stolen between the times of 2:00 a.m. and 5:00 a.m. Burglaries transpired on the following days and times:
-October 9, 2018 at 27000 block of Malibu Hills Road, Calabasas
-October 4, 2018 at 700 block of Malibu Canyon Road, Unincorporated Malibu (Las Virgenes Municipal Water District).
-September 30, 2018 at 26800 block of Mulholland Highway, Unincorporated area of Calabasas
-September 24, 2018 at 700 block of Malibu Canyon Road, Unincorporated Calabasas
-July 27, 2018 Agoura Hills-Calabasas Community Center on Malibu Hills Road in Calabasas
-March 8, 2017 at 26800 block of Mulholland Highway, Unincorporated area of Calabasas
-October 28, 2016, a building was broken into a few miles north of Malibu Creek State Park at De Anza Public Park, City of Calabasas
-October 10, 2016 at 26800 block of Dorothy Drive, Unincorporated area of Calabasas
If Rauda is convicted as charged, he faces a maximum sentence of life in state prison.
Written By Emily Loudermilk and Casey Jacobs