Los Angeles News
Northridge killings: Murder suspect has criminal history
NORTHRIDGE, LOS ANGELES (KABC) -- The suspects arrested in connection to four murders in Northridge await extradition to Los Angeles. They were expected to appear in court Thursday.
Ka Pasasouk, 31, Howard Alcantara, 30, Donna Rabulan, 30, and Christina Neal, 33, were all arrested Monday afternoon at the Silverton Casino Hotel in Las Vegas. All suspects are from the Los Angeles area.
Pasasouk faces a charge of murder; Alcantra faces robbery and aiding a felon charges; and Neal and Rabulan each face a charge of aiding a felon.
Pasasouk is an ex-convict with a history of offenses. The Los Angeles County Probation Department confirms to Eyewitness News that Pasasouk was released from state prison under last year's realignment act, a measure prompted by a U.S. Supreme Court ruling to reduce prison overcrowding.
The Probation Department reports that it was working on a warrant to pick up Pasasouk on Dec. 1, which was a day before the killings took place. Probation officials said Pasasouk was released from prison into the probation system in January. After initially checking in with the probation program, he absconded and was at large for seven months. He was re-arrested in July on a case that was never prosecuted. He disappeared again until he was re-arrested in September and apparently released again. Over this entire time there were several warrants issued for his arrest including the latest one on Dec. 1, just before the quadruple murder.
According to a Las Vegas police, investigators tracked down a black Audi with no license plate believed to be used by the suspects. They found the vehicle in the Silverton Hotel parking lot and proceeded to make the arrests.
Police say the suspects skipped town after the four victims were found shot to death on Sunday, lying face down outside an unlicensed boarding house in the 17400 block of Devonshire Street.
The victims were identified by family and friends as Jennifer Kim, Amanda Ghossein, Robert Calabia and Teofilo Navales. They were allegedly visiting friends who lived at the house. The shootings occurred following some sort of confrontation, but the motive behind the incident remains unknown.
"Jennifer would've turned 27 in January," the family of Kim said in a statement. "She was always there to help out her family when needed. Always thought of others before herself and had lots of love to share. Our family is in complete shock and don't have a clue as to why this would happen to her. There will be no joy during the holiday season and her death will leave an eternal void in our hearts."
The relatives of Calabia said they are grateful for the arrests, but are still in shock.
"All I can think about is how am I going to tell my mom that he's gone?" said Calabia's sister, Rolina.
The owner of the home denies it's a boarding house, saying he did not know the victims or the suspects in this case.
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