Four suspects accused of involvement in the shooting deaths of four people in Northridge agreed Thursday to return to California to face possible charges. | Previously: Northridge shooting suspect was on probation, promised to avoid guns
Ka Pasasouk of Los Angeles and three people accused of being his accessories waived their right to contest extradition during court hearings in Las Vegas, where police say they fled after the killings. | PHOTOS
Los Angeles Police Chief Charlie Beck said he expects them back in L.
During a press conference Thursday, the chief remained tight-lipped about the evidence in the case and the possible motive. But he said detectives don't believe the killings were random, a fact that should give some comfort to the public.
"These were people known to each other. (The shooting) was due to a relationship issue," Beck said. "It was not something a random citizen on the street would have to fear."
The four suspects have not been formally charged by the district attorney, a step that likely will happen shortly after their return. No court dates in California have been scheduled.
The bodies of four people were found early Sunday outside what authorities have described as an illegal boarding house on Devonshire Street.
The victims have been identified as Amanda Ghossein, 24, of Monterey Park; Jennifer Kim, 26, of Montebello; Robert Calabia, 34, of Eagle Rock; and Teofilo "JoJo" Navales, 49, of Castaic.
Just a day after the killings, detectives tracked the four suspects to the Silverton Casino Hotel in Vegas, where they were arrested Monday. Beck called the detective work "brilliant."
Pasasouk, 31, was arrested on suspicion of murder.
Alcantara also is suspected of robbery, Beck said, though what connection the robbery has to the killings is unclear.
Pasasouk has several criminal convictions, including robbery and multiple auto theft charges. In September, he pleaded no contest to a methamphetamine possession charge and a judge put him on probation and ordered him to get drug treatment.
At the time, Pasasouk was already under the supervision of county probation officials for his prior crimes, rather than the state, because of California's "realignment" program.
He failed to check in with his county probation agent for seven months this year. And following his new arrest and plea on the meth charge, he missed a court date in November.
But the judge allowed him to remain free and on probation when he showed up belatedly to court that day.
County probation officials said they were preparing an arrest warrant for Pasasouk, whom they called an "absconder" from his probation requirements when the Northridge killings took place.
On Thursday, Beck was asked whether Pasasouk would have been behind bars if not for realignment. He said there was no way to know.
"He certainly would have had an increased level of scrutiny via probation or parole absent AB 109," Beck said, referring to the law that set realignment in motion.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.