Brianna Kupfer murder: Alleged suspect Shawn Laval Smith taken into custody in Pasadena
Shawn Laval Smith, the suspected killer of Brianna Kupfer, was taken into custody Wednesday in Pasadena in connection with the 24-year-old UCLA grad student’s stabbing death, the victim’s father confirmed to FOX 11.
He was arrested by Pasadena police officers around 11:50 a.m. at a bus stop near the intersection of E. Colorado Boulevard and Fair Oaks Avenue, approximately 17 miles from the furniture store where Kupfer was murdered, officials said.
Los Angeles police launched a hunt for Smith, 31, after Kupfer was found stabbed to death in a random daytime attack at a luxury furniture store last week. Smith remained on the loose early Wednesday and police have said that he should be considered armed and dangerous.
A combined $250,000 reward was being offered to help Los Angeles Police track down Smith.
Kupfer was working as a consultant for Croft House on North La Brea Avenue last Thursday and was alone in the store when a man entered the business. She texted a friend saying that she was getting a “bad vibe” from the man, but the friend didn’t get the text in time, authorities said in a press conference Tuesday.
A short time later, the man attacked her with a knife. A customer found her body in a pile of blood a short time later.
Smith has a lengthy rap sheet with previous charges out of California, North Carolina and South Carolina. Online records obtained by FOX News show at least 11 arrests in Charleston, S.C., dating back to 2010, including a pending case for allegedly discharging a firearm into an occupied vehicle on Nov. 13, 2019.
In a statement from her family that was read at a press conference Tuesday, they wrote that “Brianna, who was born, educated and was building her career here in Los Angeles was a rising star in this community whose ascent was unnecessarily cut short by a heartless criminal last Thursday. She embodied everything that is great about Los Angeles.”
Kupfer went to Brentwood High School and the Universities of Miami and Sydney. Her Dad described her as their sweet angel, smart, devoted to her family, with lots of friends, big dreams and her whole life ahead of her.