90 Miles From Tyranny : Suspect Identified in the Stabbing of Brianna Kupfer, Out on $1k Bail

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Wednesday, January 19, 2022

Suspect Identified in the Stabbing of Brianna Kupfer, Out on $1k Bail

A suspect has been identified in the murder of 24-year-old UCLA design student Brianna Kupfer: 31-year-old Shawn Laval Smith.

A $250,000 reward has been offered for the capture of Smith, who police consider armed and dangerous. He will likely be using public transit.

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.

Security footage from a 7-Eleven at Beverly and Wilshire boulevards allegedly recorded the killer, who was wearing an N95 mask, 30 minutes after the Kupfer’s murder. 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...

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Tewshooz said...

Oh look, another NAPA!

Doom said...

The only way this will ever be fixed is if it hits the rich and comfortable. Until gates communities are overrun, until Ivy league schools are beleaguered by big and little crime, until politicians can't just escape to high-end neighborhoods, we will be stuck with this. In my state, we can go armed. But I won't be a cop for someone else. If they can't, or won't, I probably can't help them.

How much do you want to bet this woman, and her family, want me unarmed too? No, I can't help those who choose to be victims. I simply choose not to be one myself. And among some friends and locals who I know a bit. Not even all of them, if I hear they are anti-gun.

Anonymous said...

this type of shit has being going on for a long time now. the U of penn has the 4th largest police force in the state of pa. crime stats are kept very quiet about the crime in philly schools. can have the parents of todd and buffy finding out their kid has a 80% chance of getting raped or worse while they there. after all what do you want for 50 grand plus per year ? all the big schools in philly have cops all over the place but it still doesn't stop most shitbirds from doing what they want to the kids there.