The four were picked up at the Silverton Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, Los Angeles police said Tuesday night. LAPD Chief Charlie Beck did not divulge details about the suspected motive for the killings of two men and two women outside an illegal boarding house on Devonshire Street. But detectives are apparently surprised that the incident turned so deadly.
From Andrew Blankstein and Kate Mather in the LA Times:
Law enforcement sources told The Times the killings appeared to stem from a dispute over personal property, although they would not say what kind of items were involved. The sources, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because the case was ongoing, said detectives were surprised that the dispute would have led to multiple deaths....
LAPD officials identified 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.
Court records show Pasasouk has an extensive criminal record and was on probation at the time of the killings. He has several convictions dating back to at least 2004. Pasasouk pleaded no contest to possession of methamphetamine in 2011. 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 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.