Police Detain Suspect in Fatal Stabbing of Woman at Los Angeles Store

Police in California identified and took into custody a suspect in the fatal stabbing of a woman at a Los Angeles furniture store.

The Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) confirmed on Jan. 19 that they have taken Shawn Laval Smith, 31, in custody for the murder of Brianna Kupfer.

Pasadena Police earlier located and detained him at 11:50 a.m. local time in the area of Fair Oaks and Colorado Boulevard.

According to LAPD, the suspect attacked Kupfer, 24, with a knife on Jan. 13 when she was working alone at the Croft House store in the 300 block of North La Brea Avenue.

Detectives determined that the attacker fled the scene through the back door.

A customer walked into the store 15 minutes after the stabbing and found Kupfer “on the ground, lifeless, covered in blood,” LAPD Lieutenant John Radtke said at a press conference.

Radtke said that Kupfer had sent a text to a friend before the attack, saying that someone in the store “was giving her a bad vibe,” but the person receiving the text did not see it immediately.

Detectives determined that the suspect “was not known to the victim and was a random walk in to the store.”

Police also said there was no known motive for the attack at this time.

Video surveillance footage showed Smith shopping at a 7/11 store just 30 minutes after the stabbing.

Police believe Smith to be homeless.


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