Suspects in Northridge "Massacre" to Return to LA

Coroner identifies final victim Thursday

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    Four people arrested in connection with the slayings of two women and two men outside a Northridge boarding house agreed on Thursday to be extradited from Las Vegas to Los Angeles. Meanwhile, new details are emerging about the alleged gunman's probation history and early release from custody. Patrick Healy reports from Van Nuys for the NBC4 News at 5 p.m. on Dec. 6, 2012. (Published Thursday, Dec 6, 2012)

    Four suspects arrested in connection with the shooting deaths of four people in Northridge over the weekend could be back in Los Angeles as soon as this weekend after agreeing to extradition on Thursday.

    Ka Pasasouk, 31, of Los Angeles; Howard Alcantara, 30, of Glendale; Donna Rabulan, 30, of LA; and Christina Neal, 31, of LA, were arrested in Las Vegas on Monday for their alleged involvement in the shooting, LAPD Chief Charlie Beck said earlier this weekend.

    They appeared in court in Las Vegas on Thursday and agreed to extradition.

    Pasasouk is accused of murder, while the others are expected to be charged with accessory after the fact, Beck said. Alcantara is expected to also be charged with robbery, according to the chief.

    Four Suspects Await Extradition in Northridge Slayings

    [LA] Four Suspects Await Extradition in Northridge Slayings
    Four suspects, accused of killing four people in Northridge, are in jail in Las Vegas awaiting an extradition hearing Thursday. One of the suspects has an especially long criminal history. Investigators believe there may be some connection between the suspects and victims. John Cádiz Klemack reports from Downtown LA for the NBC4 News at 6 p.m. on Dec. 5, 2012. (Published Wednesday, Dec 5, 2012)

    The victims were found outside a home located at 17441 Devonshire St. in Northridge around 4:30 a.m. Sunday. The residence has been described as an illegal boarding home.

    Timeline: Northridge Quadruple Homicide

    Los Angeles City Councilman Mitchell Englander, who represents the area, described the grisly incident as a "massacre," saying "it's terrible what happened."

    A motive for the slayings is unclear, although the Los Angeles Times reported the conflict stemmed from a dispute over personal property.

    "It wasn't the perfect storm," Englander told NBC4 Wednesday. "Those people were there for some type of reason at that hour of the day to meet with somebody."

    Chief: "We Will Be Able to Explain Motive to District Attorney"

    At a media availability Thursday, Beck would not release details about the ongoing investigation, although he did say the department is prepared to present its case to the District Attorney's office.

    "This was not a random occurrence," Beck said. "It evolved from a dispute, which of course is very general, and we are quite content that we will be able to explain the motive to the District Attorney."

    Beck also commented on Pasasouk's release from prison in January as a result of overcrowding.

    "The individual involved in this particular homicide was a product of AB109, but I cannot categorically say whether or not he still would have been in custody absent the passage of 109, so I don't want to be critical on that," the chief said.

    Gov. Jerry Brown signed AB109 into law on April 5, 2011. The legislation was designed to reduce overcrowding in the state's 33 prisons by having local jurisdictions deal with low-level offenders and parolees.

    "What I can say though, is he certainly would've had an increased level of scrutiny via probation or parole absent 109," Beck said.

    Pasasouk's prior convictions include grand theft auto and possession of methamphetamine.

    All Four Victims Identified

    The fourth and final victim of the Northridge quadruple homicide was identified Thursday by the Los Angeles County Coroner's Office.

    Teofilo Navales, 49, of Castaic was killed in Sunday's shootings, said Ed Winter of the coroner's office.

    Family members and friends identified the other victims earlier in the week:

    • Amanda Ghossen, 24, of Monterey Park
    • Jennifer Kim, 26, of Montebello
    • Robert Calabia, 34, of LA

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