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Northridge Quadruple Murder

northridge-picFour people have been arrested in connection with the murders of two men and two women outside an unlicensed boarding house in Northridge.

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LOS ANGELES — A 31-year-old man pleaded not guilty Thursday to capital murder charges in the December 2 shootings of two women and two men outside a Northridge boarding house.

northridge-carouselKa Pasasouk is accused of the special circumstance murders of Teofilo Navales, Robert Calabia, Amanda Ghossein and Jennifer Kim outside the home in the 17400 block of Devonshire Street

Other charges include one count of attempted murder, five counts of assault with a semiautomatic firearm and possession of a firearm by a felon with five priors.

Pasasouk is being held without bail.

He is due back in court May 16.

northridge-carouselLOS ANGELES — A 31-year-old man was charged today with capital murder in the December 2 shootings of two women and two men outside a Northridge boarding house.

Ka Pasasouk is accused of the special circumstance murders of Teofilo Navales, Robert Calabia, Amanda Ghossein and Jennifer Kim outside the home in the 17400 block of Devonshire Street

Other charges include one count of attempted murder, five counts of assault with a semiautomatic firearm and possession of a firearm by a felon with five priors.

Pasasouk is being held without bail.

He is set to be arraigned  Jan. 25.

Prosecutors will decide later whether to seek the death penalty.

nrdidge-picLOS ANGELES (KTLA) — Two of the suspects in the Northridge quadruple murders case were expected to appear in court on Wednesday afternoon.

No charges have been filed in the case just yet, but 31-year-old Ka Pasasouk, the alleged gunman, will be in L.A. Superior Court for a parole violation hearing.

He will then be sent to Van Nuys for a probation violation hearing.

A second suspect, 30-year-old Howard Alcantra, will appear in San Fernando Superior Court for arraignment on a robbery case filed on Dec. 6.

A third suspect, Donna Rabulan, 30, of Los Angeles, is still in Clark County jail, but is expected to be transported to Los Angeles.

A fourth suspect, Christina Neal, 33, of Los Angeles, is no longer in custody, according to the L.A. County district Attorney’s office.

The L.A. County District Attorney’s Office admitted it erred in allowing a man accused in four murders in Northridge to receive drug treatment instead of prison time.
Eric Spillman reports from Downtown Los Angeles.

LOS ANGELES (KTLA) — The L.A. Cnrdidge-picounty District Attorney’s Office admitted it erred in allowing a man accused in four murders in Northridge to receive drug treatment instead of prison time.

The suspect, Ka Pasasouk, was in Van Nuys Superior Court back in September after being arrested on suspicion of drug possession.

He was on probation at the time, and the L.A. County Probation Department had urged that he be sent back to state prison for “long-term detention” because of his lengthy criminal record.

The recommendation was also based on the fact that Pasasouk had missed a meeting with a probation officer in one instance before the September hearing.

But prosecutors told the judge that Pasasouk was eligible for a drug diversion program under Proposition 36.

Judge Jessica Silvers ordered him to attend a drug treatment program and be released to the oversight of the Probation Department.

Had Pasasouk been sentenced to jail, he would have been incarcerated at the beginning of December, when he is accused of killing four people outside an unlicensed boarding home.

After an internal review of Pasasouk’s case, the D.A.’s office said in a statement that it “inadvertently erred in indicating the defendant was eligible for a Proposition 36 drug program.”

“Training issues raised during the review will be addressed by the District Attorney’s Office countywide,” the statement continued.

The D.A.’s office would not comment further or say whether any prosecutors were being disciplined.

Pasasouk, 31, is accused of fatally shooting two men and two women on Dec. 1 outside a home in the 14700 block of Devonshire Street.

The three other suspects are identified as Howard Alcantara, 30, of Glendale; Donna Rabulan, 30, of Los Angeles; and Christina Neal, 33, of Los Angeles.

Alcantra faces robbery and aiding a felon charges. Neal and Rabulan each face a charge of aiding a felon.

All four suspects were taken into custody on Monday, Dec. 3 at the Silverton Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas.

Police have been tight-lipped about a motive, but reports say the killings stemmed from a dispute over personal property, possibly a laptop computer.

Pasasouk has an extensive and violent criminal record that included recent prison stints, court records show.

In 2010, he pleaded no contest to unlawful taking of a vehicle and was sentenced to three years in state prison.

In 2006, he pleaded guilty to second-degree robbery and assault likely to produce great bodily injury and was sentenced to state prison.

And in 2004, he was convicted in two more cases also involving unlawful taking of a vehicle.

Proposition 36 was a voter-approved ballot measure meant to send some nonviolent drug offenders into drug rehab rather than prison.

Suspects with previous convictions for serious or violent offenses, such as robbery and assault, are not eligible unless they have avoided prison during the previous five years.

Los Angeles City officials held a special meeting today to discuss changes to L.A.’s boarding house ordinance. Jennifer Gould reports from Northridge.

NORTHRIDGE, Calif. (Kpasasouk-bgTLA) –¬† Four suspects arrested in Las Vegas in connection with a quadruple murder in Northridge could be extradited to L.A. as early as Friday.

Ka Pasasouk, 31, of Los Angeles, faces murder charges for allegedly gunning down two men and two women outside an unlicensed boarding house early Sunday.

The three other suspects are identified as Howard Alcantara, 30, of Glendale; Donna Rabulan, 30, of Los Angeles; and Christina Neal, 33, of Los Angeles.

Alcantra faces robbery and aiding a felon charges. Neal and Rabulan each face a charge of aiding a felon.

All four suspects were taken into custody on Monday afternoon at the Silverton Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas.

Las Vegas police said they tracked down a black Audi without license plates that the suspects were believed to be using.

Pasasouk is an ex-convict with an extensive criminal record, court records show.

He had violated his probation two months before the murders but managed to avoid being sent back to prison, interviews and records show.

Los Angeles County probation officials recommended at a September sentencing hearing that he serve prison time after he was arrested on a drug possession charge.

Probation officials argued that his criminal history — including convictions of assault and robbery — warranted prison time.

Instead, Van Nuys Superior Court Judge Jessica Silvers ordered Pasasouk to attend a drug treatment program and be released to the oversight of the Probation Department.

The Probation Department’s recommendation was also based on the face that Pasasouk had missed meeting with his probation officer once before the September hearing.

He missed a second appointment in November, said Reaver Bingham, L.A. County deputy chief of adult field services.

At the time of the slayings, probation officials were preparing a warrant for his arrest.

“This situation has provided an opportunity for us to do our own internal reviews to determine any procedure we need to take a look at,” Bingham said in an interview.

The murders happened around 4:30 a.m. on Sunday, Dec. 3 in the 14700 block of Devonshire Street.

Police have been tight-lipped about a motive, but reports say the killings stemmed from a dispute over personal property, possibly a laptop computer.

Four suspects arrested in Las Vegas in connection with a quadruple murder in Northridge have waived their extradition rights.

nrdidge-picNORTHRIDGE, Calif. (KTLA) — Four suspects are in jail in Las Vegas in connection with the execution-style murders of two men and two women in Northridge.

The four suspects were taken into custody on Tuesday afternoon without incident at the Silverton Hotel and Casino.

The suspects are identified as Ka Pasasouk, 31, of Los Angeles; Howard Alcantara, 30, of Glendale; Donna Rabulan, 30, of Los Angeles; and Christina Neal, 33, of Los Angeles.

Pasasouk was arrested on suspicion of murder. The three others faced charges of aiding a felon; Alcantara faced an additional charge of robbery.

Court records show Pasasouk has an extensive criminal record and was on probation at the time of the killings. He has several convictions dating back to at least 2004.

All four suspects remained in Clark County jail and were expected to be extradited to Los Angeles in the coming days.

The shooting happened around 4:30 a.m. Sunday outside a home in the 17400 block of Devonshire Street.

On Tuesday, LAPD Chief Charlie Beck refused to give details about what may have led to the quadruple murder, in the interest of protecting the investigation.

But law enforcement sources told the Los Angeles Times that the killings appeared to stem from a dispute over personal property, although they wouldn’t say what kind of property.

The sources, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because the case was ongoing, said detectives were surprised that the dispute would have led to multiple deaths.

One of the suspects was believed to have lived at the Northridge home, which authorities said had been converted into an illegal boardinghouse. It’s unclear whether any of the victims lived there.

Authorities have not released the victims’ names. Police said the women were in their mid-20s; one man was in his mid-30s and the other man in his late 40s.

Family members told KTLA that one of the female victims was 25-year-old Amanda Ghossein.

They said Ghossein has a 1-year-old daughter and was about to celebrate her 25th birthday on Tuesday. She had dreams of becoming a fashion designer.

“I don’t understand who can do this, who can just kill someone not knowing if they had a family or not,” said tearful sister Alyssa Verrigni.

Rolina Calabia told KTLA that her brother, Robert, of Eagle Rock, was also among the victims.

“They killed him execution style. Who would do such a thing?” she wondered. “Why would you execute someone? You’re not God.”

According to new reports, three of the victims — a man and two women — were shot on a walkway on the left side of the home.

They were wearing hooded sweatshirts and were about two feet apart, a source familiar with the case told the Times. All three had at least one bullet wound to the head.

Two of the victims were found face down. One victim was crumpled on her knees with her face buried in her hands, as if she had been praying.

The fourth victim — a man — was farther away and appeared as if he was trying to run to the backyard when he was shot. He had at least one gunshot wound, the source said.

Authorities said that up to 17 people lived at the home, with conditions that Englander described as “deplorable.”

City inspectors red-tagged parts of the property Tuesday after finding “numerous code violations,” said Department of Building and Safety spokesman David Lara.

The owner of the home, Yag Kapil, said he rented out rooms but denied he was running a boardinghouse.

Kapil, 78, who lives at the home, said he was bedridden and was asleep at the time of the shootings. He said he didn’t hear anything and didn’t know the victims.

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