The Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) identified Shawn Laval Smith, 31, as the suspect recorded on surveillance camera footage calmly buying a vape pen from a 7-Eleven barely 30 minutes after his death.

Who is Shawn Laval Smith?

Who is Shawn Laval Smith?
Who is Shawn Laval Smith? Image Source: Daily Mail

Shawn Laval Smith was named as a suspect in the stabbing of Brianna Kupfer on January 18.
Kupfer was assassinated on January 13, 2022, while working at the high-end furniture retailer Croft House in Los Angeles.
 
The Los Angeles Police Department has identified Laval Smith, 31, who is described as “armed and dangerous.”

Has Shawn Laval Smith been arrested for Brianna Kupfer’s murder?

No, he is wanted by the LAPD.

What has Shawn Laval Smith previously been arrested for?

Smith was arrested for a misdemeanour offence in October 2020 and released on a $1,000 bond, according to police records.
The charge’s nature is unknown, and it’s unclear why the case has yet to be taken to trial.
 
He was previously arrested in Cherokee, North Carolina in 2015, 2016, and 2018.
 
The accusations were ambiguous, and the cases were dismissed.

What did the LAPD say?

Thirty-one-year-old Shawn Laval Smith has been identified in connection with Brianna Kupfer’s murder in the 300 block of North La Brea Avenue on January 13, 2022,” they tweeted.
He should be regarded as dangerous and armed.
 
“Do not approach if you are observed; instead, contact 911.”
 
“Smith has been in Pasadena, Santa Monica, West Hollywood, Covina, San Diego, San Francisco, and various other areas in southern California,” the LAPD said in a news statement.
 
“He is likely to use public transit,” the statement said.
 
“Bus stations and railway platforms should be given special attention.”

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