Suspect in Fatal Stabbing of UCLA Grad Student Arrested in Pasadena

LOS ANGELES– The male thought of fatally stabbing a 24- year-old UCLA college student in the Hancock Park store furnishings shop where she worked was jailed on Jan. 19 in Pasadena.

Pasadena Police Lt. William Grisafe verified the arrest of Shawn Laval Smith, 31, to City News Service. A brief time later on, the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) revealed the arrest was made at 11: 50 a.m. near Fair Oaks and Colorado Boulevard.

Smith is believed in the killing of Brianna Kupfer of Pacific Palisades, who was discovered dead inside Croft House in the 300 block of North La Brea Avenue at about 1: 50 p.m. Thursday.

LAPD Lt. John Radke stated on Tuesday that Kupfer was alone in the shop when she was assaulted.

” At 1: 36 p.m. in the afternoon, Brianna was operating in the shop all by herself,” Radke stated. “She sent out a text to a buddy letting her understand that there was somebody inside the place that was providing her a bad ambiance. Sadly, that individual did not see the text right away.”

Her body was discovered in the shop by a consumer about 15 minutes after the text was sent out.

” We do think that the suspect is homeless, which’s in part since he began foot, he left on foot,” Radke stated. “He’s bring a knapsack, which follows homeless individuals bring additional clothes with them and sleeping out on the streets. There’s some extra info that I can not show you at this moment.”

Police stated the attack seemed totally random, and the suspect did not understand the victim. The suspect was seen on video monitoring, strolling northbound in the street to the back of the criminal offense scene.

Police launched a video on Tuesday from a 7-Eleven shop, revealing the supposed stabber delicately shopping 30 minutes after he eliminated Kupfer. He was likewise patronizing other shops prior to and after the killing, authorities stated.

The killing triggered an enormous manhunt, with authorities using $250,000 in benefit cash for details resulting in Smith’s capture. Personal contributions collected $200,000, while Los Angeles City Councilman Paul Koretz asked his council coworkers Tuesday to include $50,000 to the quantity.

” We will discover this vicious bad guy, we will apprehend him and we will get him prosecuted to the max level of the law,” Koretz stated.

” But we need to defend justice for her although absolutely nothing will bring her back. Our objective and my goal is that the wrongdoer that removed Brianna from her cherished moms and dads, coworkers, good friends and our neighborhood will be completely locked away, continuously advised of his dreadful, awful and ridiculous murder of an innocent girl who had unlimited capacity,” he included.

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Flowers put outside Croft House furnishings shop in memory of college student Brianna Kupfer are seen in Los Angeles on Jan. 18,2022 (Alice Sun/The Epoch Times)

Fox11 reported that Smith has a substantial criminal history going back more than a years, with more than a lots arrests in 3 states.

According to the station, Smith had almost a lots arrests in between 2010–2019 in Charleston, South Carolina, consisting of a pending case for presumably releasing a gun into an occupied car. His other arrests consisted of claims of trespassing, disorderly conduct, littering, cannabis ownership, and illegal entry.

Smith was likewise believed in a rash of bike thefts in Charlotte, North Carolina, according to Fox11 He likewise supposedly attacked a law enforcement officer in San Mateo, California.

City News Service


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