Parolee charged in Malibu Creek State Park shootings
LOS ANGELES, Calif. (FOX 11) - A massive manhunt ensued, leading police to charge Anthony Rauda, 42, with murder and ten counts of attempted murder in connection with the shootings in Malibu Creek State Park.
Under restraint, Rauda appeared in a Los Angeles Superior Court Van Nuys courtroom Monday with his public defender.
Prosecutors say Rauda opened fire on campers and shot into vehicles as far back as November 2016, including wounding a man asleep in a hammock.
LA County District Attorney Cynthia Barnes filed murder charges in the death of Tristan Beaudette, 35, a Fresno native and Irvine resident who was shot and killed in a tent while camping with his two daughters in July 2018. The two girls were not hurt.
Visitors at the state park Monday expressed their relief.
"I think it's more safe now to walk around knowing that he's in jail," said Diego Rodrigues.
Rauda has already been in jail. Police arrested him in October on parole violations, and he's currently serving a six-month sentence.
Additionally, he's been charged with five counts of burglary for a string of break-ins in Malibu and Calabasas.
The judge set Rauda's bail at $1,100,000. If convicted, he faces a maximum sentence of life in prison.
Rauda's public defender requested the arraignment be continued until January 22, when Rauda is expected to formally enter a plea.