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Update: Los Angeles police have identified Brianna Kupfer's killer as 31-year-old Shawn Laval Smith.

Smith is still at large and police say he is armed and dangerous and "highly likely to be using public transportation."

He is described as a Black male, 6-3, 190 pounds.

The NY Post reports Smith was released from jail on $1,000 in October of 2020 on a misdemeanor charge.

Police named the suspect on Tuesday night, hours after a record-breaking $250,000 reward was offered for information leading to his capture.
 
Originally published on Jan. 18, 2022:

Authorities announced a $250,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of the suspect who fatally stabbed UCLA student Brianna Kupfer.

$200,000 of the $250,000 reward was raised by donors.

Brianna, 24, was attacked while she worked alone at furniture store Croft House in the upscale Fairfax neighborhood on Thursday, Jan. 13.

Police say the suspect walked into the store and stabbed Brianna around 1:50 p.m. before leaving through the back door.

A customer found Brianna lying in a pool of blood about 20 minutes later. She was pronounced dead at a local hospital.

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Brianna's grieving father, Todd Kupfer slammed liberal politicians for giving the streets back to the criminals.

"I blame what's endemic in our society right now, is that everybody seems to be oriented on giving back rights and bestowing favor on people that rob others of their rights," Todd Kupfer told Fox News.

At a press conference on Tuesday, LAPD Lt. John Radke revealed Brianna had texted a friend to say someone in the store was "giving her a bad vibe".

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Authorities released surveillance footage of the suspect -- believed to be a homeless man -- seen calmly leaving the furniture store.

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The same suspect is seen buying a vape pen at 7-Eleven about 30 minutes after the murder. He wore a black hoodie, black jogging pants and carried a black backpack.

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Croft House was still closed on Tuesday. Mourners left dozens of flowers on the sidewalk in front of the store. A display inside the storefront window included candles and more flowers around a portrait of Brianna.

Riley Rea, co-owner of Croft House, told the LA Times that Brianna was beloved by her coworkers.

"She was mature beyond her years."
 

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A Missouri woman's smiling mugshot has gone viral after she was arrested for murdering her fiancé on Christmas Eve.

Police say Brittany Wilson, 32, stabbed Harrison Foster with a sword after consuming methamphetamine together earlier that day.

Wilson, who apparently suffered from religious delusions, told investigators that Harrison Foster had several demons living inside him and she stabbed him with the sword to free him.

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Police say Wilson claimed Foster, 34, was harvesting body parts from other individuals. After stabbing Foster multiple times, Wilson left his body in the basement and called 911.

First responders arrived shortly after 11 p.m. Friday and found Foster unresponsive inside the home. A bloody sword and clothing were found in the front yard.

Police say Wilson is a mother of two children. Foster is not believed to be the father of the kids.

Prior to stabbing Foster, Wilson shared a meme on Facebook about multidimensional experiences.

She captioned the image: "So guys, Uhhhhhh, Turns out the love of Christ has superpower perks. Don't follow me for further elaboration, Follow him for Eternal Salvation."

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Drakeo The Ruler has died from a stab wound he sustained at a Los Angeles music festival on Saturday, December 18. He was 28.

The rapper, whose real name was Darrell Caldwell, was stabbed in the neck during a fight between 2 groups of men backstage at the L.A. Exposition Park about 8:30 p.m. local time.

He was transported to a local hospital, where he was pronounced dead on Sunday, Dec. 19, TMZ reported.

The Los Angeles native was one of the acts scheduled to perform during the Once Upon a Time in L.A. festival on Saturday. Snoop Dogg and 50 Cent's sets were canceled and the music festival was shut down by police an hour earlier than expected.

LAPD spokesman Officer Luis Garcia told the LA Times that no arrests have been made.

Once Upon a Time in L.A. is the second deadly Live Nation music festival in as many months.

10 concertgoers died during a stampede at rapper Travis Scott's Astroworld Music Festival in Houston on Nov. 5. Live Nation has been named in more than 100 wrongful death lawsuits stemming from the Astroworld tragedy.

Caldwell was acquitted of murder in 2019 stemming from an incident in Carson, California in 2016. He was also acquitted of 5 attempted murder charges and conspiracy to commit murder.

He was released from prison in November 2020 after serving three years.

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Olympian Agnes Jebet Tirop was reportedly stabbed to death in her own home in Iten, Kenya on Oct. 13. She was 25.

The body of the long-distance runner was found in her bed by police responding to a welfare check call from the athlete's father.

Her father reached out to the authorities when he couldn't get in touch with his daughter by phone.

According to police, Tirop sustained multiple stab wounds to her neck and abdomen.

Police are looking for Agnes' husband, who went missing after her death, according to TMZ sources.

The sad news comes just weeks after Tirop set a women's world record at a 10-kilometer race in Germany.

Uhuru Kenyatta, Kenya's president, said in a statement:

"It is unsettling, utterly unfortunate and very sad that we've lost a young and promising athlete who, at a young age of 25 years, had brought our country so much glory."

Adidas bosses also paid tribute to the athlete in a statement:

"The Adidas family is deeply saddened by the tragic news about Agnes Jebet Tirop. Agnes was an incredible person, a record-breaking athlete and a beloved member of our family. She will be greatly missed by us all and her legacy will forever live on in our memory."

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A Chicago man who was found not guilty by reason of insanity in hammer attacks on two women in 2014 was arrested Wednesday in the fatal stabbing of a bank teller.

The suspect walked into a Chase Bank in the River North neighborhood and stabbed bank teller Jessica Vilaythong, 24, as she spoke with customers.

Witnesses say the man entered the building and spoke briefly with Vilaythong before stabbing her in the neck with "a pretty big knife" on Wednesday.

After the stabbing, the man ran outside and screamed at pedestrians while waving the bloody knife.

Police apprehended the suspect near the bank hours later.

Vilaythong was pronounced dead at a local hospital on Thursday, Dailymail.com reports.

The Chase Bank branch in River North remained closed after the incident.

Chicago police declined to identify the suspect and told NBC5 the investigation is ongoing.

The suspect was previously arrested in 2014 and charged with attacking two 55-year-old women with a hammer as they walked on the lakefront path near Navy Pier.

Both women survived their injuries. However, the suspect was found not guilty by reason of insanity and transferred to a mental health center in 2017.
 

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Atlanta police have charged a suspect in the kidnapping and murder of a 27-year-old bartender.

Atlanta police charged DeMarcus Brinkley with murder, aggravated assault, kidnapping and other charges in the death of Mariam Abdulrab.

Abdulrab was seen on surveillance footage being forced into an SUV at gunpoint after arriving at her home in the Chosewood Park neighborhood at 5. a.m. Friday.

The well-liked bartender had just finished working her shift at Revery VR Bar in Midtown Atlanta when she was kidnapped outside her home.

Her body was found four hours later in the area of Lakewood Avenue, according to authorities. A witness called 911 after jotting down the SUV's license plate.

Brinkley, 27, was apprehended by the Georgia State Patrol following a high speed chase that ended when his vehicle crashed into another car on Hill Street in Griffin, Georgia.

He was airlifted to Atlanta's Wellstar Medical Center where his condition is listed as stable.

Two people in the other car were also airlifted to a hospital. Their conditions are unknown.

Brinkley will be transferred to the Fulton County Jail when he is discharged from the hospital, according to AJC.com.

Abdulrab is the second female bartender to die a violent death in Atlanta in the last three weeks.
 
READ ALSO: 911 Audio Casts Suspicion on Katherine Janness’s girlfriend
 
Police have no leads in the brutal stabbing deaths of bartender Katherine Janness, 40, and her dog, Bowie, in Piedmont Park on July 28.

Authorities say the Janess and Abdulrab crimes are unrelated -- as rumors persist of a serial killer on the loose in Atlanta.

Janness' girlfriend, Emma Clark, has since left Atlanta.

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Atlanta police released audio of the 911 call placed by Emma Clark after she found the mutilated body of her life partner, Katherine Janness, in Piedmont Park.

Clark went to look for Janness when the 40-year-old bartender failed to return home after walking their dog, Bowie.

Clark used a mobile app to ping Janness' phone, and she noticed the phone was not moving inside Piedmont Park.

Janness and Bowie were found about 50 yards inside the park after 1 a.m. on July 28.

Atlanta Police released audio to 11Alive News of the 911 call from Clark, who assumed Bowie had been hit by a car.

Then she noticed Janness' body, "maybe 100 feet away" from where Bowie lay dead.

"I ran up to her, I tried to feel for a pulse but it was clear that she was gone," Clark told the 911 dispatcher. "I turned around and I just ran out of the park. It was dark, and I didn't know what was going on. I was terrified and shocked. That's when I called the cops immediately."

But suspicions were raised when Clark seemed to dehumanize Janness during her call to 911.

Speaking to another person at the scene, Clark said, "Did you just see that? That's my f***ing girlfriend."

At another point during the call, Clark told the dispatcher, "Oh my god. Like, she's dead, dead."

Twitter users noted how "calm" Clark sounded, considering the circumstances.

One Twitter user wrote: "ok... did y'all listen to the 911 call from katherine janness's stabbing in piedmont?? why am i suspicious of the gf now."

Atlanta police released photos and videos of six "witnesses" who were in the park that night around the time of Janness' murder.

Police are eager to speak with those witnesses to determine if they saw or heard anything. They are not considered suspects.

At a press conference this week, Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms insisted there is no evidence that a serial killer is on the loose in Atlanta.

Listen to the 911 audio below.
 

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Atlanta police canvassed Piedmont Park and the surrounding neighborhood on Saturday for clues into the brutal murder of a 40-year-old woman.

Katherine "Katie" Janness was stabbed and dismembered while walking her dog sometime before midnight Tuesday, July 27, in Midtown Atlanta.

Janness' life partner pinged her phone and found Janness' dismembered remains around 1 a.m. Wednesday, about 100 yards inside the Charles Allen Drive entrance to Piedmont Park.

Janness' dog Bowie was also fatally stabbed. The dog's saliva will be analyzed for DNA to help catch the killer.

Joe Clark, the father of Janness' life partner, told 11Alive's Joe Henke on Thursday, "the dog died protecting Katie."

"There is a monster on the loose in the city of Atlanta," Clark said.

The FBI confirmed on Thursday that it was joining the investigation. Neither the APD nor FBI explained why the feds were involved in a local murder case.

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According to police records obtained by 11Alive, the last murder in Piedmont Park was in May 2009. 43-year-old Patrick Boland was found stabbed to death around 1:30 a.m. on May 28, 2009. His killer was never caught.

Investigators are not ruling out a serial killer on the loose in Atlanta. Janness was the second woman killed in an Atlanta area park in 24 hours.

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Tori Lang, 18, was shot to death inside Yellow River Park in Gwinnett County on Tuesday, July 27. Her body was found under a tree around 6:30 a.m. Wednesday. There are no suspects in her murder.
 

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The FBI has joined the investigation into the fatal stabbing and dismemberment of a 40-year-old woman inside Atlanta's Piedmont Park early Wednesday.

Katherine Janness was walking her dog in the park Tuesday evening when she was brutally attacked.

Janness' lesbian partner pinged her phone and located her spouse's body inside the park.

Janness' body parts were found scattered about 100 yards inside the Charles Allen Drive entrance to the park near 10th Street in Midtown just after 1 a.m. Wednesday. Her dog Bowie was also stabbed to death.

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Bowie defended his owner during the vicious attack. FBI agents plan to use DNA from the dog's saliva to identify the killer.

Atlanta police have stepped up foot patrols inside the park since the "gruesome" murder.

Police are trying to determine if Janness' murder was random or targeted because the killer spent time with her body after she died.

Investigators aren't ruling out a serial killer. Janness is the second woman killed at an Atlanta area park in the past week.

Police are asking residents who live on 10th Street near the park to check their security videos.

Janness worked as a bartender for Campagnolo restaurant in Midtown Atlanta.

A $10,000 reward is being offered by Atlanta Crime Stoppers for information on the case.
 

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The City of Atlanta stepped up foot patrols inside Piedmont Park after a woman and her dog were stabbed and dismembered overnight Wednesday.

Katherine Janness, 40, was found stabbed and dismembered near the Charles Allen entrance to Piedmont Park after 1 a.m. Wednesday. Her pitbull Bowie was lying dead beside her.

Janness worked as a bartender for Campagnolo restaurant in Midtown Atlanta. She had just finished dinner at home and was walking her dog when she was brutally attacked.

Janness' lesbian partner pinged her phone and located her spouse's body inside the park.

Police are trying to determine if Janness' murder was random or targeted because the killer spent time with her body after she died.

Police are asking residents who live on 10th Street near the park to check their security videos.

Police aren't ruling out a serial killer after the remains of two bodies were found behind a shopping center in Henry County earlier this month.

Henry County police say the remains belong to two different people. The Georgia Bureau of Investigation is trying to identify the remains that were found in a wooded area behind a shopping center in Stockbridge, Georgia on July 7.

A $10,000 reward is being offered by Atlanta Crime Stoppers for information on the case.