Brianna Kupfer’s Alleged Killer Arrested in Pasadena

These undated photos provided by the Los Angeles Police Department shows shows 31-year-old Shawn Laval Smith. Authorities have arrested a Smith in connection with the slaying of 24-year-old Brianna Kupfer while she worked at a Los Angeles furniture store last week. He was taken into custody shortly before noon on …
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Shawn Laval Smith, the suspect in the murder of 24-year-old UCLA grad student Brianna Kupfer, was arrested on Wednesday afternoon in Pasadena, police say.

“We can confirm, Shawn Laval Smith, the suspect responsible for the murder of Brianna Kupfer is in custody, after being located and detained by Pasadena PD around 11:50am this morning in the area of Fair Oaks and Colorado Blvd,” LAPD tweeted on Wednesday.

“We would like to thank the public, the media and our partners at Pasadena PD for their support in apprehending the suspect,” the department added.

Smith’s arrest comes less than 24 hours after police identified him as the suspect in the killing of Brianna Kupfer. A $250,000 reward was offered for his capture. According to Los Angeles County records, Smith had a criminal record and was free on a $1,000 bail from an October 2020 misdemeanor arrest. Per the Daily Mail:

Los Angles County Sheriff’s Department records list Smith as currently free on a $1,000 bail from a misdemeanor arrest in October 2020.

The nature of the charge wasn’t immediately clear, and it was unclear why the case was still unresolved.

Smith is also currently free on a $50,000 bond in Charleston, South Carolina in relation to a November 2019 arrest on suspicion of firing a weapon into an occupied vehicle, court records show. An indictment in that case was handed down on March 16, 2020, just before COVID-19 paralyzed the courts, and the docket shows no further action on the case.

Smith allegedly stabbed 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 texted a friend saying she got a “bad vibe” from the man who entered the store. The friend did not immediately see the text message at the time.

Speaking with Fox News earlier this week, Brianna’s father, Todd Kupfer, blamed politicians for his daughter’s murder.

“Crime is truly spiking, and we have a lot of criminals on the streets that shouldn’t be out,” Kupfer said.

“We have a lot of politicians that somehow forgot about people and think the key to getting elected is to support the lowest rung of our society and to give them rights and somehow that’s the answer to getting votes,” he added.

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