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LAPD arrests 4 in Las Vegas in connection to quadruple homicide in Northridge

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LAPD Chief Charlie Beck and L.A. Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa announce the arrest in Las Vegas of four suspects in Sunday's fatal shooting of four people at a Northridge home.

Four suspects were arrested Tuesday in Las Vegas as suspects in four fatal shootings that happened early Sunday outside a home in Northridge.

LAPD Chief Charlie Beck said the suspects were arrested Monday afternoon at the Silverton Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas. The arrests were detained without incident, police say.

Only one person, Ka Pasasouk, 31, of Los Angeles was arrested on suspicion of murder. The other three were taken into custody on suspicion of aiding a felon. They are Howard Alcantara, 30, of Glendale, and two women, 30-year old Donna Rabulan and 31-year-old Christina Neal, both of Los Angeles.

All four are being held in a Las Vegas jail and will soon be transported to Los Angeles.

Chief Beck continued to keep a tight lid on the case, taking very few questions at an afternoon press conference.

“The successful prosecution of this case is very important,” Beck said. “Because of that I am not going to give any further details relating to the motives, the suspects’ particulars or the victims at this time.”

None of the cases have been presented to the L.A. County District Attorney, but Beck said he expects that to happen soon.  

A person living in the house called 911 early Sunday morning to report hearing gunshots. When officers arrived around 4:30 a.m., they found four victims, two men and two women, lying face down on the front lawn. 

“I will tell you I was shocked when I got the phone call and when I showed up to the scene, and so was the community,” said L.A. City Councilman Mitch Englander.

LAPD didn’t reveal the names of the victims, but family members went to the house Monday afternoon. One woman said her 34-year-old brother, Robert Calabia, was one of the victims but didn’t live at the house. Another woman told reporters that her 24-year-old sister, Amanda Ghossein, had also been killed.

Officials believe the house was an illegal boarding home with at least a dozen people living in three structures that housed makeshift kitchenettes, extra partitioned rooms, and mounds of furniture.

 

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