A suspect has been identified in the murder of 24-year-old UCLA design student Brianna Kupfer: 31-year-old Shawn Laval Smith.
A $ 250,000 reward has been offered for the capture of Smith, who police consider armed and dangerous. He will probably use public transportation.
According to Los Angeles County records, Smith had a criminal record and was free on $ 1,000 bail from an October 2020 arrest. Daily mail:
Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department records show Smith is currently free on $ 1,000 bail from a misdemeanor arrest in October 2020.
The nature of the charge was not immediately clear and it was unclear why the case was still unresolved.
Smith is also currently free of a $ 50,000 bond in Charleston, South Carolina in connection with an arrest in November 2019, suspected of firing a weapon in an occupied vehicle, court records show. An indictment in that case was filed on March 16, 2020, just before COVID-19 paralyzed the courts, and the case shows no further action in the case.
31-year-old Shawn Laval Smith has been identified in connection with the murder of Brianna Kupfer, which took place in the 300-block on North La Brea Avenue on January 13, 2022. He should be considered armed and dangerous. If you do not see it, call 911. pic.twitter.com/jZlESB9l9r
– LAPD HQ (@LAPDHQ) January 19, 2022
Smith allegedly stuck Brianna Kupfer last week at the Croft House furniture store in Hancock Park, where she worked while studying design at UCLA. The upscale neighborhood was considered relatively safe until recently.
Prior to the stabbing, Kupfer sent a text message to a friend saying she got a “bad mood” from the man who entered the store. The friend did not immediately see the text message at that time.
Security footage from a 7-Eleven at Beverly and Wilshire Boulevards allegedly captured the killer, who was wearing an N95 mask, 30 minutes after Kupfer’s murder. Speaking to Fox News earlier this week, Brianna’s father, Todd Kupfer, blamed politicians for the murder of his daughter.
“Crime is really rising and we have a lot of criminals on the streets who should not be out,” Kupfer said.
“We have a lot of politicians who have somehow forgotten people and believe that the key to being elected is to support the lowest step in our society and give them rights, and somehow that is the answer. on getting votes, “he added.