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Officials identify the victims in the quadruple homicide in Northridge

The house on the 17000 block of Devonshire St. in Northridge where four people were found fatally shot on Dec. 2, 2012.
The house on the 17000 block of Devonshire St. in Northridge where four people were found fatally shot on Dec. 2, 2012.
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Authorities have released the names of the four victims killed at a crowded Northridge house over the weekend.

The victims are Jennifer Kim, 25 of Montebello, Teofilo Navales, 49, of Castaic, Robert Calabaia, 34, and Amanda Ghossen, 24, of Monterrey Park.

Los Angeles investigators say the four had been visiting friends who lived at a house on the 17000 block of Devonshire early Sunday morning when four suspects confronted them.

Neighbors said they heard four or five rapid gunshots. Officers found the four victims lying face down on the front lawn of the house around 4:30 a.m.

Police have released very few details about the murders. But they have said the shootings involved some kind of dispute between the victims and the suspects - all of whom somehow knew each other.

LAPD investigators tracked down four suspects who'd fled to Las Vegas. Police there arrested them Monday afternoon at the Silverton Hotel and Casino. They are being held in at Clark County jail and are waiting for extradition to Los Angeles where they'll face charges. LAPD say they could arrive by the end of the week.

Police arrested only Ka Pasasouk, 31, of Los Angeles on suspicion of murder. The other three - Christina Neal, 31 of Los Angeles, Donna Rabulan, 31 of Los Angeles, and Howard Alcantara, 30, of Glendale - were taken into custody on suspicion of aiding a felon. Police also accuse Alacantara of robbery.

The Los Angeles County District Attorney’s office has not filed charges.

Los Angeles police have kept a tight lid on the case, choosing to reveal few details. But officials say Ka Pasasouk had a criminal past of drugs, robbery and a chronic history of non-compliance regarding his probation agreement.

Authorities released Pasasouk from state prison in January and placed under post-release community supervision with the L.A. County Probation Department as part of the AB 109 realignment shift – the statewide transfer of inmates from California prisons to county jails.

Inmates with non-serious, non-violent, non-sexual offenses are eligible for local supervision with county probation departments instead of state parole agents.

L.A. County probation officials say Pasasouk failed to meet an appointment with his probation officer in February. In September, Los Angeles police arrested Pasasouk on suspicion he had methamphetamine on him. 

Deputy Chief of Adult Services Reaver Bingham with L.A. County Probation said the department recommended that the court deny probation for Pasasouk and send him to state prison.

“We deemed him as unsuitable for community supervision,” said Bingham. “That he had already demonstrated a history of non-compliance and he was a potential threat to the safety and tranquility of the community.”

Bingham said a judge granted probation to Pasasouk and he continued to miss appointments with probation officers.

“We give them instructions as to when to report, where to report and it’s up to them to determine whether they are going to comply or not comply,” Bingham said.

At his monthly media availability, LAPD Chief Charlie Beck called Pasasouk “a product of AB 109.” He stopped short of saying the prime suspect would have been in custody.

“But what I can say is that he certainly would have had an increased level of scrutiny via probation or parole absent 109,” Beck said

The four suspects appeared before a Clark County judge Thursday. There, they waived their right to fight extradition back to Los Angeles. LAPD says they could arrive by the end of this week.