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Brianna Kupfer – Latest: New video of stabbing suspects released as LAPD offers $ 50,000 reward

Neighbor of young woman stabbed to death in LA speaks out

A manhunt is underway for a suspect accused of stabbing 24-year-old Brianna Kupfer to death in the furniture store where she worked in Los Angeles.

Ms. Kupfer, a graduate student at the University of California - Los Angeles, was alone on a shift in the Croft House showroom on Jan. 13 when a masked man came in and attacked her, police said. She was found bleeding out on the floor by a customer 20 minutes later and was pronounced dead at the scene.

Nearly a week later, the assailant, believed to be a homeless man, is still at large after surveillance video captured him as he left the store through a back door and walked calmly down an alley.

A reward of $ 50,000 is offered for information leading to his capture.

Investigators said Ms. Kupfer, who came from Pacific Palisades and worked as a design consultant for the exclusive retailer, appeared to have been targeted at random.

Her heartbroken father, Todd Kupfer, spoke out about the tragedy on Monday, accusing politicians of the inability of the city to curb rising crime.

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Everything we know about Kupfer

Mrs Kupfer's killings at her workplace have shattered the Hancock Park community, where she was known as a "kind soul", a beacon of positivity and role model for young women.

At the time of his death, the 24-year-old was pursuing a master's degree in architectural design at the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA).

She leaves behind her parents and three siblings.

The independent Oliver O'Connell explains everything we know about Mrs. Kupfer:

Megan SheetsJanuary 18, 2022 at 19.00

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Neighbor shares apology for missing killer

A neighbor whose home looks out over the alley behind the store where Ms. Kupfer was killed has shared her regret that he did not catch a glimpse of the suspect when he fled.

John Harding said he often keeps an eye on the alley for suspicious activity, but was out for a walk when the murder took place on January 13th.

"When I work from home, I just look out the window constantly to see what that person is doing? Do they just walk through or do they look in a person's car and try to find a door that is open to a tailgate," he explained. he to KABC.

"I took my dog ​​for a walk at the time this happened and I have a little guilt, if only I had gone at another time I might have been able to identify the person who did this violence against an innocent person is just doing his job. "

Megan SheetsJanuary 18, 2022 6:30 p.m.

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Press conference is scheduled for at

Los Angeles police are holding a news conference on the Kupfer case at 1 p.m. local time Tuesday.

There, they will announce a reward of $ 50,000 for information leading to the arrest of the 24-year-old killer, the LAPD said in a statement.

The press conference will be attended by Los Angeles City Councilman Paul Koretz, LAPD Police Chief Michel Moore and a representative of the Kupfer family.

Megan SheetsJanuary 18, 2022 at 18.00

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Outflow of grief and anger on social media

The accidental killing of Ms Kupfer has led to an outflow of grief and anger on social media, while police's hunt for the suspect continues for a fifth day.

Jessica Lall, a Los Angeles mayoral candidate and executive director of the Central City Association, criticized the city's response to the recent wave of killings.

"I am both horrified and devastated to hear of a 24-year-old woman who was stabbed to death by a customer," Ms Lall said in a video posted on social media.

"The reaction - or lack thereof - to the stabbing of Brianna Kupfer and the attack by the nurse at Union Station is absolutely insane. We need leaders in office who are ready to step forward when such tragedies occur."

The independent Bevan Hurley has more:

Megan Sheets18 January 2022 17:50

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Security guard describes the moment Kupfer's body was found

Many members of the Hancock Park community have spoken out to share their shock at Mrs Kupfer's killing.

Herman Hinks, who works as a security guard across the street from the furniture store Croft House, remembered the moment two customers came out of the store after discovering her body.

"I saw them go out and I just saw pure terror. She screamed like 'Oh my God, oh my God,'" Mr. Hinks told KABC. "At that point, I was trying to get over it. There was too much traffic. At that time, the police came from everywhere. As I walked that way, one could see through the window, and when I looked down, I said, 'My God, this is the young lady working in the store.'

Sir. Hinks remembered Mrs. Kupfer as "very kind."

"I see her every morning. She comes in, she opens the store. Really kind woman," he said. "She wants to look back and wave. Everyone over here is friendly. We keep an eye on each other in the area. ”

Megan Sheets18 January 2022 17:20

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Case draws comparisons with LA nurse assault

The same day that Mrs. Kupfer was killed, a nurse died after she was assaulted by a homeless man at a bus stop in downtown Los Angeles.

Sandra Shells, 70, was waiting for a bus at Union Station on January 13 when an assailant, later identified as Kerry Bell, allegedly punched her in the face and hit her to the ground.

Mrs Shells suffered a fractured skull and was taken to hospital, where she was pronounced dead.

Many responding to social media have pointed to the deaths of Mrs Kupfers and Mrs Shell as evidence that crime in the city is out of control.

The independent Nathan Place has more:

Megan Sheets18 January 2022 16:50

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Croft House is closing temporarily

Croft House, the exclusive furniture store where Mrs Kupfer was killed, is temporarily closed in the wake of the shocking murder.

The closure was announced in an Instagram post that read: "The entire Croft House family is deeply saddened by the devastating loss of our beloved team member on January 13, 2022.

"Our La Brea Avenue showroom will be closed for the time being to allow our team members to mourn and deal with this unimaginable tragedy and for law enforcement to complete their investigation.

"Please think of family, friends and colleagues during this difficult time as we mourn, cherish, miss and honor someone we loved so much.

“The entire Croft House family sends our love to our team member's family and friends. Please direct any questions related to this tragic event to the LAPD. "

Megan SheetsJanuary 18, 2022 4:30 p.m.

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What we know about the suspect

Very little is known about the wanted man for the murder of Mrs Kupfer, who was caught on surveillance video as she left her workplace.

Police described him as a black man of unknown age wearing a dark hoodie, sunglasses, a white N-95 mask, dark skinny jeans, dark shoes. He also carried a dark backpack in the footage.

Investigators believe the man may have been homeless and was not known to Mrs. Kupfer.

Anyone with information is encouraged to contact West Bureau Homicide Investigators at (213) 382-9470 or Crime Stoppers by texting phone number 274637 (CRIMS on most keyboards) with a cell phone.

Los Angeles police released this photo of the man accused of stabbing Brianna Kupfer to death

(Los Angeles Police Department)

Megan Sheets18 January 2022 16:10

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Employer shares horror of homicide

Riley Rea, a co-owner of the Croft House furniture store where Mrs Kupfer was killed, called the attack "disgusting and unexpected".

Sir. Rea said Ms. Kupfer was loved by colleagues during the year and a half she worked in the store as a design consultant.

"She was mature beyond her years," he recounted Los Angeles Times. "I'm completely crushed on her and her family's behalf. It just seems so disgusting and unexpected. There's really no words to say how shocked we are to lose such a wonderful person."

Sir. Rea said he had never seen anything like the attack in the 12 years the store has been open on North La Brea Avenue.

Megan Sheets18 January 2022 15:50

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Temporary memorial erected outside the store

In the days following Mrs Kupfer's death, Hancock Park erected a temporary memorial in her honor outside the Croft House furniture retailer.

The site is adorned with flowers, balloons, photos of candles by Kupfer and messages expressing love and sorrow.

Megan SheetsJanuary 18, 2022 3:30 p.m.

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