Brianna Kupfer stabbing suspect held in Los Angeles jail on $  2M bail, records show

Police in nearby Pasadena arrested Shawn Laval Smith, 31, earlier Wednesday after a pedestrian spotted him hanging out on a park bench near Fair Oaks and Colorado Boulevard and called 911 just before noon PT.

The records show he was booked into jail in Los Angeles at 3:55 p.m.

Aerial images obtained by FOX 11 Los Angeles show police putting him into the back of a police SUV ahead of his expected transfer to LAPD custody.  

Aerial images obtained by FOX 11 Los Angeles show police putting him into the back of a police SUV ahead of his expected transfer to LAPD custody.   (FOX 11)

UCLA STUDENT BRIANNA KUPFER’S ALLEGED KILLER ARRESTED IN PASADENA

Smith, who has a rap sheet spanning two coasts, initially gave a fictitious name, the source said. The LAPD sent its fugitive unit with a fingerprint reader to Pasadena and confirmed Smith’s identity with the device.

He is accused of walking into Croft House, a luxury furniture store on North La Brea Avenue, on Thursday afternoon. Kupfer sent a text message to one of her friends saying she felt uncomfortable due to the stranger in the store – where she was working alone. 

Around 20 minutes later, a customer came in and found her stabbed to death.

“It is tragic and heartbreaking that Brianna Kupfer was murdered while she worked,” Los Angeles District Attorney George Gascon said in a statement Wednesday. “It is a tremendous loss for her family and friends, the community and Los Angeles County. We are working with LAPD and will review the case as soon as it is presented to us.”