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Local police believe they found the man they have been searching for in the Malibu Canyon area.
Anthony Rauda, 42, was arrested at 3:20 p.m. Oct. 10 on suspicion of various Malibu-area burglaries, police announced in an Oct. 10 press release.
Officials from Major Crimes Personnel, the Malibu/Lost Hills Sheriff’s Station, the LASD Aero Bureau, and Malibu Search and Rescue began their search of the Malibu Canyon area around 10 a.m. Wednesday.
“After several hours, investigators observed fresh boot prints in the ground leading up to a steep ravine approximately a mile from north of Mulholland Highway and west of Las Virgenes Road,” the release states. “With the assistance of air support, detectives followed the boot prints approximately 50 yards. Shortly after, they heard movement amongst the brush, followed by observing a male adult, wearing black clothing, walking quickly, who resembled the suspect in the burglaries.”
The suspect, who police contained to an area with heavy brush, was armed with a rifle, but police apprehended him without incident.
“After a few tense moments of communicating with the suspect, he opted to surrender,” police said. “The rifle was recovered, and the suspect was transported to Lost Hills Sheriff’s Station where he is being booked for an active no bail felony parole violation warrant.”
Sheriff Jim McDonnell said during an Oct. 10 press conference that Rauda had a criminal history that included various weapons violations and burglaries.
According to police, Rauda is not directly wanted for questioning in the murder of Tristan Beaudette, the 35-year-old man who was shot and killed in Malibu Creek State Park in June. Police also said Oct. 10 that it was too early in their investigation to say if Rauda had a role in the string of seven shootings which occurred between November 2016 and June 2018 in and near Malibu Creek State Park.
During the press conference, McDonnell said Rauda’s rifle would be used in ballistics tests and other scientific tests to determine if there is a connection to the shootings and/or Beaudette’s murder. McDonnell would not release the type or caliber of the gun as of Wednesday evening.
When asked by a reporter if the suspect was the alleged sniper, McDonnell said “[Police are] not gonna say that ‘Yes, he is’ or that ‘No, he’s not.’”
Homicide detectives are working closely with police on the case, McDonnell said.
Bags of evidence also were seen being taken from the scene, but McDonnell would not say what was in the bags, saying it was “too early.”
McDonnell also said there was nothing to indicate that Rauda had any accomplices.
All of the burglary incidents reportedly took place between 2 and 5 a.m. and involved the theft of food.
The most recent burglary occurred at 3 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 9, at the Agoura-Calabasas Community Center in Calabasas.
An additional four allegedly related incidents took place in 2018, one occurred in 2017 and two took place in October 2016, according to police. All of the incidents were in unincorporated areas of Malibu and Calabasas.
Malibu/Lost Hills Capt. Josh Thai also spoke at the press conference, saying that police will continue to be proactive and patrol the Malibu Canyon area.
“We’re going to continue our efforts to make sure the public is safe,” Thai said.