Police: Man arrested in slaying of LA woman, 24, at store

California Store Worker Killed
California Store Worker Killed
Posted at 3:45 PM, Jan 19, 2022

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Authorities have arrested a 31-year-old man in connection with the slaying of a woman while she worked at a Los Angeles furniture store last week. Shawn Laval Smith was taken into custody shortly before noon Wednesday in Pasadena.

Investigators offered a $250,000 reward during a news conference Tuesday for information leading to Smith’s identity, arrest, and conviction in the fatal stabbing of 24-year-old Brianna Kupfer.

A customer found Kupfer dead on the floor Thursday afternoon at the store in the Hancock Park neighborhood of Los Angeles.

Smith is a transient who has been seen in several Southern California cities along with San Diego and San Francisco.