Police make arrest in killing of 24-year-old UCLA grad student

Police have made an arrest in the killing of a 24-year-old woman who was stabbed to death last week in the store where she worked.

On Wednesday, police took 31-year-old Shawn Laval Smith into custody. He is accused of stabbing 24-year-old Brianna Kupfer to death on Jan. 13 at Croft House, a high-end furniture store.

“I can confirm officers from Pasadena PD did take Mr. Smith into custody earlier today,” Pasadena Police Lt. William Grisafe told the New York Post. “We had been notified by a community member, that they believed the wanted person was at the bus bench located at Colorado Blvd. and Fair Oaks Ave.”

Authorities had been offering a $250,000 reward for information leading to the suspect’s capture and prosecution.

At 1:36 p.m. Jan. 13, Kupler texted a friend to say that someone in the store was making her uncomfortable, police said.

“She sent a text to a friend letting her know that there was someone inside the location that was giving her a bad vibe,” Los Angeles Police Department Lt. John Radtke said Tuesday. “Regrettably, that person did not see the text immediately.”

The UCLA graduate student was found by a costumer lying in the floor, covered in blood, roughly 20 minutes later, the Los Angeles Times reported.

“The LAPD said surveillance video showed Smith entering multiple businesses in the hours leading up to Kupfer’s killing. On Tuesday, the department released video showing a man inside a nearby 7-Eleven store about 30 minutes after the killing,” the outlet added.

“He was described as a tall, thin Black man with braided hair, who was last seen wearing a dark hooded sweatshirt, dark pants, black tennis shoes, a white mask and a large, black backpack.”

When police finally found Smith, aerial footage captured the moment they took him into custody.

According to police, Smith is homeless. He also has a lengthy rap sheet, with Fox News reporting that he was recently imprisoned for assaulting a police officer. “And he had an active warrant in connection with the case after having his probation revoked on Nov. 30, 2021,” the outlet added.

That’s not all.

He has also been accused of such crimes as assault with a deadly weapon, unlawfully carrying a concealed weapon, and firing a weapon into an occupied vehicle, the Times reported.