Northridge shooting suspect held without bail after extradition
This post has been corrected. See the note at the bottom for details.
A man arrested in connection to the killing of four people outside a Northridge boarding house will be held without bail until a hearing in January to determine whether he violated probation, a Los Angeles Superior Court commissioner ruled Wednesday.
Prosecutors have not filed charges in the Dec. 2 shootings, but authorities transferred Ka Pasasouk, 31, and another man suspected in the Northridge shootings from Clark County Jail in Nevada to Los Angeles on Tuesday for hearings in pending cases unrelated to the murders.
Pasasouk's probation violation hearing, regarding an alleged vehicle theft, was continued until Jan. 30. At his attorney's request, Pasasouk did not appear in court late Wednesday morning, though he was present in the building.
Prosecutors said they mistakenly allowed Pasasouk to receive drug treatment instead of prison time when his case was heard in September. He has several convictions dating back to at least 2004 and most recently pleaded no contest to possession of methamphetamine in 2011.
His supervision was transferred to local authorities under AB109, which shifted supervision of non-violent offenders from state parole officers to county probation departments in a bid to cut the state's jail population.
On Wednesday afternoon, Pasasouk is scheduled to appear at a hearing for a separate probation violation in Van Nuys Superior Court. His alleged accomplice, Howard Ledesma Alcantara, 30, is scheduled to appear in San Fernando Superior Court about 1:30 p.m. Wednesday to face charges of robbery and assault with a deadly weapon.
A third suspect, Donna Rabulan, 30, of Los Angeles, remains in Clark County Jail awaiting extradition to Los Angeles.
Christina Neal, 33, of Los Angeles, who was also arrested in connection with the shootings, is no longer in custody, said Jean Guccione, spokeswoman for the D.A.'s office. remains in Clark County Jail in Nevada.
Four people were killed in the Dec. 2 shootings: Amanda Ghossein, 24, of Monterey Park; Jennifer Kim, 26, of Montebello; Robert Calabia, 34, of Los Angeles, and Teofilo Navales, 49, of Castaic.
[For the record, Dec. 19, 2:45 p.m.: An earlier version of this post incorrectly stated that Ka Pasasouk was facing murder charges. He was arrested on suspicion of murder, but has not yet been charged in connection with the killings.]
— Frank Shyong at Los Angeles County Superior Court