Northridge shooting suspects scheduled to appear in court
Two suspects in a quadruple homicide outside a Northridge boardinghouse are expected to appear in court Wednesday after being extradited to Los Angeles from Nevada.
Prosecutors said no charges have been filed in the Dec. 2 shootings, but suspects Ka Pasasouk, 31, and Howard Ledesma Alcantara, 30, are due in court for other pending cases, said the Los Angeles County district attorney's office.
Pasasouk, who faces murder charges in the shooting, will be at Los Angeles Superior Court for a parole violation hearing in the morning and then be sent to Van Nuys for a probation violation hearing regarding the drug diversion program he was admitted to instead of facing jail time.
Prosecutors said they erred in allowing 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.
Alcantara is expected to appear in San Fernando Superior Court on Wednesday afternoon for an arraignment in a robbery case that was filed on Dec. 6 and amended Tuesday to include an assault with a deadly weapon.
A third suspect, Donna Rabulan, 30, of Los Angeles, remains in Clark County jail and is also expected to be transported 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.
Law enforcement authorities told The Times the killings appeared to stem from a dispute over personal property, including a computer. The authorities, who spoke on condition of anonymity because the case was ongoing, said detectives were surprised the dispute led to multiple deaths.
Authorities tracked the suspects to Las Vegas and ultimately the Silverton Hotel and Casino, where investigators said the group checked into a room the same evening as the slayings. The suspects were taken into custody without incident the following afternoon.
Los Angeles County coroner's officials identified the victims as Amanda Ghossein, 24, of Monterey Park; Jennifer Kim, 26, of Montebello; Robert Calabia, 34, of Los Angeles, and Teofilo Navales, 49, of Castaic.
— Adolfo Flores and Andrew Blankstein
Photo: Detectives investigate the crime scene of a Northridge boardinghouse shooting Dec. 2. Credit: Francine Orr / Los Angeles Times