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LAPD identifies suspect in stabbing of UCLA grad student Brianna Kupfer

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Los Angeles police have identified and launched a manhunt for the suspect who fatally stabbed a high-end furniture store worker on January 13.

24-year-old UCLA student, Brianna Kupfer was killed in a random attack while working alone in the store at Croft House.

31-year-old suspect, Shawn Laval Smith, entered the store on North La Brea Ave, according to police, making Brianna feel “a bad vibe” about which she texted to her friend.  Smith then stabbed Kupfer and left the store through a back door. He was seen calmly walking down the street, according to cops.

According to Covina Police Department, Smith was arrested for a misdemeanor in October 2020 but was released from jail without paying bail.

Authorities announced the large reward — a combination of municipal reward money and community donations.

The 6’3” 190 pound Smith had recently been in Pasadena, Santa Monica, West Hollywood and other southern California locations, according to a poster released by LAPD.

The department said “special attention” should be given to bus stops and train platforms in the search.

LAPD released a surveillance video of the suspect.

 

Author: Usa Really