Malibu Manhunt: Did LASD Get Their Man… Or Is the Shooter Still at Large?

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Edited at 5:04 a.m. 10/13/18

As Tuesday’s high profile arrest (that I predicted 6 days before) of parole violator Anthony Rouda made local and national headlines, the press conference/pat-on-the-back hosted by Sheriff Jim McDonnell was by all accounts, an excellent attempt at leading the public to believe the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department (LASD) actually “got their man”.

The question is, which man?

The burger stealing burglar, the shooter, the murderer, or all three?

If you’re Captain Josh Thai of the Lost Hills Sheriff’s Department, it appears the manhunt is over, and law and order has been restored to Malibu Canyon.

Capt. Thai even told the Malibu Times it’s “safe to go back” to Malibu Creek State Park.

So, for now, it’s a waiting game.

Will their be a ballistics match to Rouda’s rifle for the murder of Tristan Beaudette?

Did detectives recover the shotgun tied to the shootings dating back to 2016?

The weapon used in the shooting incident involving Meliss Tatangelo was a shotgun.

When we get those answers, then, and only then, can we properly tell the whole story.

Is LASD sweating bullets?




Cece Woods

The Current Report Editor in Chief Cece Woods started The Local Malibu, an activism based platform in 2014. The publication was instrumental in the success of pro-preservation ballot measures and seating five top vote-getters in the Malibu City Council elections.

During the summer of 2018, Woods exposed the two-year law enforcement cover-up in the Malibu Creek State Park Shootings, and a few short months later provided the most comprehensive local news coverage during the Woolsey Fire attracting over one million hits across her social media platforms.

Since 2020, Woods was the only journalist reporting on the on-going public corruption involving former L.A. Metro CEO Phil Washington. Woods worked with Political Corruption expert Adam Loew, DC Watchdog organizations and leaders in the Capitol exposing Washington which ultimately led to the withdrawal of his nomination to head the FAA.

Woods also founded Malibu based 90265 Magazine and Cali Mag devoted to the authentic southern California lifestyle.

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