Brianna Kupfer News – Latest: LAPD identifies Shawn Laval Smith as ‘armed and dangerous’ suspect

Neighbor of young woman stabbed to death in Los Angeles speaks out

Police have identified a man they believe to be the killer of 24-year-old Brianna Kupfer.

The Los Angeles Police Department said the suspect, Shawn Laval Smith, 31, should be considered armed and dangerous.

A manhunt is underway for a suspect accused of stabbing Brianna Kupfer, 24, to death at the furniture store where she worked in Los Angeles.

Ms Kupfer, a graduate student at the University of California, Los Angeles, was alone on a shift at the Croft House showroom on January 13 when a masked man entered and attacked her, police said. She was found bleeding on the floor by a customer 20 minutes later and pronounced dead at the scene.

Nearly a week later, the attacker, believed to be homeless, remains at large after surveillance video captured him leaving the store through a backdoor and walk calmly down an alley.

Along with a $50,000 reward from the city council, private donations for information relating to the suspect’s capture have now brought the total to more than $250,000.

Investigators said Ms Kupfer, who was originally from Pacific Palisades and worked as a design consultant for the high-end retailer, appeared to have been randomly targeted.

Her heartbroken father, Todd Kupfer, spoke about the tragedy on Monday and blamed politicians’ failure to curb rising crime in the city. On the same day, a nurse about to retire was fatally attacked while waiting for a bus downtown.


Man arrested for death of Los Angeles nurse

A man suspected of attacking and killing a 70-year-old woman at a Los Angeles bus stop was charged with murder on Tuesday.

Sandra Shells was attacked last Thursday at a bus stop near Union Station while on her way to her job as a nurse at the LA County-USC Medical Center, the district attorney’s office said in a statement.

Ms. Shells fell backwards, banging her head on the ground. She died Sunday in hospital.

According to Los Angeles Times, a homeless man was arrested near the train station and charged with attempted murder.

Kerry Bell, 48, has been charged with murder. It was not immediately known whether he had a lawyer.

Eleanor SlyJanuary 19, 2022 07:42


The suspect uses public transport

The LAPD said the suspect, Shawn Laval Smith, would use public transportation.

In a community alert shared by the Los Angeles Police Department, they say “special attention should be paid to bus stops and train platforms.”

On Tuesday, police identified Smith, 31, as the suspect they believe stabbed Brianna Kupfer on January 13 and fled.

Police said Mr Smith should be considered ‘armed’ and ‘dangerous’.

Maroosha MuzaffarJanuary 19, 2022 04:54


LAPD identifies ‘armed’ and ‘dangerous’ suspect

Police have identified a man they believe to be the killer of 24-year-old Brianna Kupfer.

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Maroosha MuzaffarJanuary 19, 2022 04:32


LAPD releases new photos of suspected killer as reward tops $250,000

The LAPD released new footage of the man suspected of killing UCLA graduate student Brianna Kupfer and announced that a reward for her capture had been increased to $250,000.

A $50,000 reward offered by the city of Los Angeles had grown to $250,000 thanks to donations from private groups and individuals, police said at a news conference on Tuesday.

Olivier O’ConnellJanuary 19, 2022 04:30


Who is Brianna Kupfer?

Brianna Kupfer has been described by those close to her as a “caring soul” who “shone with positivity”.

At the time of her death, the 24-year-old was seeking a graduate degree in architectural design at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA).

She was also working as a design consultant at the high-end furniture store Croft House in Hancock Park in West Los Angeles where she was murdered on Thursday January 13. She leaves behind her parents and three siblings.

Olivier O’ConnellJanuary 19, 2022 03:30


Sandra Shells: LA nurse dies after being assaulted by homeless man on same day of Brianna’s murder

A Los Angeles A nurse died after a homeless man randomly attacked her at a bus stop, police say.

Sandra Shells, 70, was waiting for a bus at Union Station in downtown Los Angeles on Thursday when an assailant allegedly punched her in the face, knocking her to the ground. A witness to the attack called 911.

“Upon arrival, officers discovered that the suspect, later identified as Kerry Bell, punched the victim in the face, knocking him to the ground and inflicting a fractured skull,” he added. LAPD said in a declaration.

Olivier O’ConnellJanuary 19, 2022 02:30


Brianna’s dad slams politicians for ‘spike crime’

The father of UCLA student Brianna Kupfer, who was fatally stabbed in a Los Angeles furniture store, has hit out at politicians for failing to curb rising crime.

Speaking to Fox News, the late woman’s father, Todd Kupfer, said: “Crime is really on the rise, and we have a lot of criminals on the streets who shouldn’t be coming out.”

Olivier O’ConnellJanuary 19, 2022 01:30


Video: Suspect calmly walks away from store after killing

Police searching for the killer of UCLA graduate student Brianna Kupfer have released new video of the suspect.

Olivier O’ConnellJanuary 19, 2022 12:30 a.m.


Hancock Park

Ms Kupfer’s murder has shocked residents of the affluent neighborhood of Hancock Park.

Located in the Wilshire area, it is south of Hollywood and Melrose, and east of La Brea, about four miles west of downtown Los Angeles.

At the center of the district is the Wilshire Country Club. Other nearby attractions include the LaBrea Tar Pits and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.

A significant part of the area is listed as historically significant having been developed in the 1920s. A number of residences of Consuls General are in Hancock Park, including those of Canada, Japan and the United Kingdom – where the Duke and the Duchess of Cambridge stayed on a visit in 2011.

The neighborhood is approximately 71% white, 13% Asian, 8% Hispanic or Latino, 4% black, and 4% mixed race. It is estimated that 20% of the population is Orthodox Jew.

Businesses near Croft House, where Ms Kupfer worked, include lighting and plumbing shops, various restaurants, a kosher market and two Orthodox synagogues.

Olivier O’ConnellJanuary 19, 2022 00:00


Sorrow and anger on social media over murder of UCLA student

The random killing of UCLA graduate student Brianna Kupfer has sparked an outpouring of grief and anger on social media as a police manhunt for the suspect reaches its fifth day.

Olivier O’ConnellJanuary 18, 2022 11:30 p.m.

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