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Castaic man identified as one of the dead in Northridge killings

Posted: December 6, 2012 5:02 p.m.
Updated: December 6, 2012 5:02 p.m.
 

A Castaic man was identified as one of four people gunned down early Sunday in Northridge, and the man suspected of shooting them had a violent criminal past and was facing arrest for violating probation in the days before the killings, authorities said Thursday.

The dead were identified as Teofilo Navales, 49, of Castaic, Amanda Ghossen, 24, of Monterey Park, Jennifer Kim, 26, of Montebello, and Robert Calabia, 34, of Los Angeles.

Ka Pasasouk, 31, had convictions dating back to 2004 for methamphetamine possession, unlawfully taking a vehicle, robbery and assault likely to cause great bodily injury, according to court records.

Pasasouk, his hair spiked and his heavily tattooed body covered by a jail outfit, agreed Thursday to be transferred from Las Vegas to Los Angeles to face charges in the weekend killings. Three accomplices were arrested for investigation of aiding a felon.

Pasasouk, Howard Alcantara, Christina Neal and Donna Rabulan appeared by closed-circuit video from the Clark County jail. They told Las Vegas Justice of the Peace Joe Bonaventure they wouldn’t fight extradition.

A local public defender, David Schieck, represented Pasasouk on behalf of public defenders in Los Angeles. Schieck told the judge that Pasasouk was invoking his constitutional rights not to be interviewed without a lawyer present. Outside court, Schieck declined comment.

The judge said each defendant must be taken by California authorities within 30 days or released.

They were arrested at the Silverton Hotel and Casino a day after four people were shot in front of an overcrowded, unlicensed boarding house early Sunday in Northridge.

Investigators have not officially released a motive for the killings, but Pasasouk did know the victims, said Los Angeles police Cmdr. Andrew Smith.

Pasasouk had served time in a Los Angeles County lockup under provisions of AB109, the state law designed to ease crowding in state prisons. The bill gave local law enforcement responsibility for low-level adult offenders convicted of non-serious, nonviolent and non-sexual offenses.

“He had a history of both serious and violent crimes” but was eligible for the program because his most recent offense was neither, said Reaver Bingham, deputy chief of adult field services with the county Probation Department and the executive in charge of implementing AB109.

Pasasouk had served two of three years for being an auto thief with a prior conviction and was released in January after getting routine time off for and good behavior in prison, Bingham said.

Eventually he stopped visiting his parole officer and was declared to have absconded in March. An arrest warrant was issued, but probation authorities only got word of him again in September when he was arrested for a drug crime, Bingham said.

He pleaded guilty to a drug charge but instead of sending him back to jail, a court granted him probation on the provision that he obtain treatment.

“They gave him another opportunity” even though the probation department had recommended he be returned to jail, Bingham said.

“We actually, a day or two prior to the homicides, had put together the warrant packet” of paperwork, he said.

 

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