Suspects at Vegas hotel hours after Northridge killings, police say
The suspects arrested in connection with a quadruple homicide in Northridge drove to Las Vegas and checked into a hotel the same day the victims were discovered, police said.
After learning the four suspects fled Los Angeles for Las Vegas, LAPD and FBI agents contacted Las Vegas police and asked for help in the case, according to Las Vegas police. A team of investigators later determined the suspects were traveling in a black Audi with no license plates and were possibly staying at a local hotel.
On Sunday evening, investigators found the vehicle in the parking lot of the Silverton Hotel and Casino, Las Vegas police said, and learned the group of suspects had checked into the hotel that evening. Authorities watched the suspects overnight and, after obtaining arrest warrants, took the four into custody Monday.
LAPD detectives have interviewed the suspects in Las Vegas, where the four remain in Clark County Jail awaiting extradition, which authorities said was expected in the coming days.
LAPD Chief Charlie Beck announced the arrests Tuesday, identifying the suspects 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, Beck said.
The year before that, he pleaded no contest to unlawful taking of a vehicle and was sentenced to 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. In 2004, he pleaded guilty and no contest in separate cases again involving unlawful taking of a vehicle.
The three others faced charges of aiding a felon; Alcantara faced an additional charge of robbery.
Law enforcement sources told The Times the killings appeared to stem from a dispute over personal property, including a computer. The sources, who spoke on condition of anonymity because the case was ongoing, said detectives were surprised the dispute would have led to multiple deaths.
City Councilman Mitchell Englander said 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 at the home.
Officers went to the home in the 17400 block of Devonshire Street in Northridge about 4:25 a.m. Sunday after a 911 caller reported hearing yelling and shots fired, police said. Authorities found four people — two men and two women — shot dead outside.Three of the victims—a man and two women—were shot on the walkway on the left side of the home, a source familiar with the case told The Times on Monday. They were wearing hooded sweat shirts and were about two feet apart. All three had at least one bullet wound to the head.
One victim was crumpled on her knees, the source said, her face buried in the palms of her hands, "almost like she was praying." The other two victims on the walkway were face down.
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, according to the source.
"It looked like a quick kill," said the source, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because the case is ongoing.
Authorities have not released the names of the victims.
-- Andrew Blankstein and Kate Mather