A 30-year-old Glendale man who was arrested this week in connection with the shooting deaths of four people in Northridge has multiple convictions for drug possession and fraud, according to Los Angeles County Superior Court records.
Howard Alcantara was one of four suspects — including Los Angeles residents Ka Pasasouk, 31; Christina Neal, 33; and Donna Rabulan, 30 — taken into custody Tuesday at a Las Vegas hotel following the killings early Sunday at an illegal boarding house in Northridge, where police found two men and two women shot to death outside.
Alcantara, who remained in Los Vegas police custody Wednesday, was booked on suspicion of aiding a felon and robbery, police said.
He has a lengthy criminal record, with three drug-related convictions, including one in 2007 for possessing methamphetamine for sale, according to Los Angeles County Superior Court records.
The latest drug conviction was in 2009 for possessing drug paraphernalia.
Alcantara was twice convicted in 2005 for fraud-related offenses, including grand theft of access cards and check fraud.
While Alcantara, an alleged gang member, was on probation, Glendale police officers from the Special Enforcement Detail searched his home in the 1800 block of West Kenneth Road in September 2007 to make sure he was complying with rules of his probation, Sgt. Tom Lorenz said.
Alcantara was arrested after the officers allegedly found a Beretta handgun, drugs and someone else’s identification and credit cards inside his home, Lorenz added.
He was ultimately convicted a month later of possessing methamphetamine for sale and being a felon in possession of a firearm, according to court records.
Pasasouk, who was arrested on suspicion of murder this week, also has an extensive record with convictions for drug offenses, vehicle theft, robbery and assault with a deadly weapon, according to court records.
In the 2006 robbery and assault case, Glendale police arrested Pasasouk — who lived in the city at the time — for the incident, Lorenz said.
The victim told police that he was walking in the 900 block of Chevy Chase Drive when Pasasouk, an alleged gang member, suddenly appeared, punched him in the face and stole $40.
Pasasouk was sentenced to two years in state prison for the robbery, police said.
The Los Angeles Times contributed to this report.
-- Veronica Rocha, Times Community News