Shawn Laval Smith, the ‘armed and dangerous’ suspect wanted for the murder of Brianna Kupfer, was arrested in Pasadena on Wednesday, the LAPD has announced.
“We can confirm, Shawn Laval Smith, the suspect responsible for the murder of Brianna Kupfer is in custody, after being located and detained by Pasadena PD around 11:50am this morning in the area of Fair Oaks and Colorado Blvd,” the LAPD said in a statement.
“We would like to thank the public, the media and our partners at Pasadena PD for their support in apprehending the suspect.”
We can confirm, Shawn Laval Smith, the suspect responsible for the murder of Brianna Kupfer is in custody, after being located and detained by Pasadena PD around 11:50am this morning in the area of Fair Oaks and Colorado Blvd.
— LAPD HQ (@LAPDHQ) January 19, 2022
The LAPD earlier named Smith, 31, as the main suspect in Ms Kupfer’s killing, and said he should be considered armed and dangerous.
Ms Kupfer, a 24,-year-old UCLA grad student, was found lying in a pool of blood at the Croft House furniture store in Hancock Park where she had been working alone last Thursday afternoon.
A $250,000 reward had been offered for information leading to his arrest and conviction.
Police revealed at a press conference on Tuesday that Ms Kupfer had texted a friend moments before she was killed to say a customer was “giving her a bad vibe” just before her murder, but the message was not immediately noticed
The suspect had visited several businesses in the same neighbourhood where Ms Kupfer worked prior to her death.
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