exclusive: Brianna Kupffer alleges the killer Shawn Smith was arrested Wednesday after a pedestrian spotted him sitting on a park bench in Pasadena and called 911, a law enforcement source told Fox News Digital.
the Angels The Police Department announced the arrest on Twitter and said the Pasadena Police Department arrested Smith, 31, at about 11:50 a.m. near Fair Oaks, Colorado Boulevard.
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The source said Smith, who has a rap newspaper that spans two beaches, initially gave a fictitious name. Los Angeles police sent a fugitive unit with a fingerprint reader to Pasadena and confirmed Smith’s identity with the device.
The source said the Los Angeles Police Department has received more than 1,000 counseling since it began its investigation into the Jan. 13 stabbing murder of a University of California graduate student.
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Kupfer, 24, was working as a design consultant at Croft House, a high-end furniture store on North La Brea Avenue, when Smith allegedly entered.
Police said she texted a friend that she was getting “bad vibes” from the man – but the friend did not immediately see the message.
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About 20 minutes later, a customer entered the store and found Kupffer dead, lying in a pool of blood on the floor.
Police said there was no known motive for the attack. Kupffer was alone in the store that afternoon.
Smith was captured in surveillance footage 30 minutes after the murder quietly and the purchase of a vape pen at 7-Eleven.
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Kupffer grew up in Pacific Palisades, an affluent neighborhood in Los Angeles. After receiving her bachelor’s degree from the University of Miami, she returned to her hometown to pursue a graduate degree in Interior Design.
Her father, Todd Kupfer, said that she dreamed of launching her own clothing line. On the day Kupffer was murdered, she was supposed to fly to New York for the weekend to celebrate her best friend’s birthday.
“She was a kind soul and was always trying to improve herself and everything around her was better,” Kupfer told Fox News Digital in an interview on Tuesday. “I cared about people.”
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The gossip murder shook society and highlighted the city’s high crime rates.
Homicides have risen over the past few years — the highest rate in more than a decade, according to law enforcement.