A gunman was arrested at the Malibu park where a father was fatally shot on a camping trip with his young daughter.
CBS reports that a gunman dressed in black was arrested after he was spotted carrying a rifle Malibu Creek State Park, where Tristan Baudette was fatally shot in the head in June while on a camping trip with his young daughters.
Los Angeles County Sheriff Jim McDonnell reportedly said at a press conference Wednesday night that Anthony Rauda, 42, was arrested that day after authorities found him in the brush in the canyon area, armed with a rifle.
Law enforcement had been conducting a large-scale search of the area after multiple reports of burglaries in which food was stolen from office buildings in and around Malibu Canyon. The burglaries reportedly date back to 2016, but three occurred in the last three months, according to the CBS News report.
During the press conference, the sheriff said that searchers noticed fresh boot prints leading to a ravine, and later heard movement in the brush. The suspect was spotted moving quickly away but authorities caught up to him and took him into custody.
“I don’t know if he was living the brush or if there was housing out there,” the sheriff reportedly said.
Authorities are expected to perform ballistics testing on Rauda’s rifle to determine if he is linked to Baudette’s shooting death or any of the seven other unsolved shootings in Malibu Creek State Park since 2016.
Rauda reportedly has a long criminal history of burglaries and weapons violations but is being held on a parole violation. He is in custody without bond, and it is not known if he has an attorney.
[Feature image: Tristan Baudette/Handout]