Today, Brianna Kupfer, a 24-year-old UCLA graduate student, is being held on $2 million bail.
Shawn Laval Smith, a citizen recognized him from news reports. He called 911 to report that he was spotted at the bus stop.
“I see a gentleman who looks very similar to the suspect in the Kupfer stabbing,”The 911 caller stated.
You can hear the hesitancy of the caller’s voice.
“He had a backpack, a black backpack, that was very similar to the one I’ve seen in images,”The caller stated.
Smith was arrested by police and charged with Kupfer’s brutal murder in an attack at work in a luxury furniture shop.
“When I saw his face, he just had cold eyes, but he also had a look of like well, they got me,”Charlie Salinas was the one who made the arrest.
The suspect was found walking about in plain view in Pasadena, a bustling area with many shops and restaurants, 16 miles away from where Kupfer’s murder.
Smith has a long history of criminal convictions and is now free to roam the streets. Smith was charged last year with assaulting a San Mateo officer.
Smith pleaded guilty to resisting an officer. Soon after, a judge ruled that Smith had violated probation and issued him a warrant for arrest.
“Our officers and officers across the state and nation are actually going out there and arresting people, but unfortunately these individuals are not staying in jail,” Det. Jamie McBride, who works for the LAPD and who serves as the director of the Los Angeles Police Protective League, told Inside Edition. “People need to be held accountable and unfortunately, when people aren’t held accountable, this is what happens.”