(CNS) Four people arrested in connection with the weekend slayings of two women and two men outside a Northridge home allegedly being used as an illegal boarding house were in custody in Nevada today, awaiting extradition to Los Angeles.
Los Angeles police Chief Charlie Beck said Tuesday that the arrests occurred at the Silverton hotel and casino in Las Vegas, but he declined to provide specifics about what led detectives to the suspects or the motive for the killings. The arrests were made around 2 p.m. Monday, according to the LAPD.
The department's Robbery/Homicide Division, "through some brilliant detective work, which I'm not going to go into, tracked our suspects to Las Vegas, and with the assistance of Las Vegas P.D., the FBI and Henderson Police Department tracked the suspects to the Silverton hotel, where they were arrested without incident,'' Beck said.
Ka Pasasouk, 31, of Los Angeles, was arrested on suspicion of murder. Also arrested were Howard Alcantara, 30, of Glendale; Donna Rabulan, 30, of Los Angeles; and Christina Neal, 31, of Los Angeles. Alcantara, Rabulan and Neal were all booked on suspicion of aiding a felon. Alcantara was also booked on suspicion of robbery, police said.
Investigators believe one of the suspects had lived in the house, Los Angeles City Councilman Mitch Englander told the Los Angeles Times, which reported that Pasasouk, who is currently on probation, has multiple convictions for drug possession, unlawful taking of vehicles, robbery and assault and has done time in prison.
According to the LAPD, the victims had been visiting friends at the house in the 17400 block of Devonshire Street when they were fatally shot around 4:30 a.m. Sunday. Neighbors had reported hearing screaming and gunshots and the victims were found outside the house, police said.
The dead women appeared to be in their 20s, one man was in his 30s and the other was in his 40s, according to LAPD Officer Cleon Joseph. A source told The Times that three of the victims - a man and two women - were shot on a walkway on the side of the home. All were wearing hooded sweatshirts and all had at least one bullet wound to the head.
Two of them were found face-down, while one of the women was found crumpled with her face in her hands, "almost like she was praying,'' the source told the newspaper, which reported the shooting may have been the result of a dispute over personal property.
The fourth victim, a man, appeared to have been shot while running toward the backyard of the home, The Times reported. The suspects' extradition from Nevada was expected to take "a couple of days,'' Beck said Tuesday.
The coroner's office was continuing to withhold the victims' names, citing a security hold placed on the case by the LAPD. But a woman named Rolina Calabia told the media one of the victims was her brother, Robert Calabia of Eagle Rock. Another victim was Amanda Ghossein, who has a year-old daughter and would have turned 25 on Tuesday, the station reported.
The owner of the boarding house told media outlets that none of the victims lived at the home, nor did they have any connection with anyone who lived there. He also denied that he was running a boarding house. The owner told The Times he lives at the house and was asleep inside when the shootings occurred but didn't hear anything.
Englander said the property was an unlicensed boarding home but had not been a problem location for police.