Los Angeles police have identified the suspect wanted in the fatal stabbing of UCLA grad student Brianna Kupfer, who was brutally slain at her job in a luxury furniture store.
Shawn Laval Smith, 31, was named by LAPD on Tuesday night as the suspect captured on video in chilling footage as he calmly purchased a vape pen from a 7-Eleven just 30 minutes after the cold-blooded murder.
Brianna was stabbed to death on Thursday afternoon while working alone at the Croft House store on La Brea, just minutes after she texted a friend that a man in the store was ‘giving her a bad vibe’.
Smith is a career criminal with a long rap sheet spanning both coasts, and is currently free on a $1,000 bond from a misdemeanor arrest in Los Angeles County in October 2020, sheriff’s records show.
The nature of that charge wasn’t immediately clear, and it was also unclear why the case still hadn’t been brought to a trial or a plea deal 15 months later.
Despite his neat and well-kept appearance, cops say they strongly suspect the suspect is homeless, based on his travel on foot as well as information they declined to reveal.
Police say the wanted man was seen walking all throughout the area and entering several stores, speculating that he chose to attack Brianna after he found her working alone.
Friends and colleagues have been mourning a veteran Los Angeles nurse who was randomly struck in the face without provocation by a homeless man as she waited for a bus to take her to work last week.
Sandra Shells, 70, succumbed to her injuries three days later on Sunday at LAC+USC Medical Center, where she worked for 38 years.
Police arrested Kerry Bell, 48, a transient man with criminal histories in multiple states, charging him in connection with Shell’s death.
Shells was attacked by a homeless man at about 5.15 a.m. on Thursday near Vignes Street and Cesar Chavez Avenue, half a mile away from Union Station, while she was waiting to catch a bus to her job at Los Angeles County-USC Medical Center, according to the Los Angeles Police Department.
Bell, her suspected attacker, allegedly punched Shells in the face, leading the nurse to hit her head on the ground, likely striking it against the concrete. As a result of her fall, Shell suffered a fractured skull.
Bell has one prior arrest in Los Angeles, but multiple prior arrests in several other states, according to the LAPD.
Two women, two days, two vagrants in LA with multiple criminal convictions and arrests out on bail.
Both had prior convictions out of state and moved to LA. Shawn Laval Smith was from Charlotte, NC.
Also, Shells’ killing is another example of the dangers of a single punch to the face.
LA is a shithole where criminal vagrants go to prey upon innocent people and not face serious impediment to their lifestyle from government.
It’s like Escape From LA, except that Escape From LA is actually preferable to this since at least there were no innocent civilians in LA for the criminals to attack.