Authorities announced a reward on Tuesday in the search for the man who killed a 24-year-old woman earlier this month in a seemingly random attack while working alone in a furniture store in Hancock Park.
Councilman Paul Koretz and LAPD chief Michel Moore announced a $ 50,000 reward for information leading to the arrest or conviction of one or more suspects for the stabbing of 24-year-old Brianna Kupfer last Saturday. Koretz presented the motion on Tuesday.
Rewards, including public and private donations, now amount to more than $ 250,000, Koretz said. He read a statement from the family at Tuesday’s press conference.
“This is exactly the kind of community support that Brianna tried to give in everything she did,” the statement said. “Please take the time to hug and nurture your family today as Brianna would have liked.”
Police also released video from a 7-Eleven at Beverly and Wilshire boulevards. Video from the convenience store about 30 minutes after the furniture store’s killing shows the man suspected of the attack, police say.
Police said the man entered several other companies before and after the attack, which led investigators to believe that someone saw him and may have information that could help investigators.
“He walked miles, north, south, east and west throughout this area,” said LAPD Lieutenant John Radke. “Someone out there knows this man. You have to come forward.”
Los Angeles Police Department units were called just before 2 p.m. that day to the 300-block North La Brea, near Beverly Boulevard, on reports of an assault and found the woman dead in a store, according to Department Officer Mike Lopez.
A customer found Kupfer, from Los Angeles, dead at the scene. Kupfer had sent a text message letting a person know that there was someone in the store who gave her a “bad mood”, Radke said. That person did not immediately see the text.
The woman who worked in the store was discovered stabbed to death inside. Ted Chen reports January 13, 2022.
A cause of death was not immediately available, but authorities said the victim was stabbed.
The LAPD said the victim was alone in the store and did not know the attacker. A motive has not been identified.
The man was believed to be homeless and was described as tall and thin, according to police. He was wearing a dark hoodie, sunglasses, a white N-95 mask, dark skinny jeans and dark shoes. He was carrying a dark backpack.
Police said he was last seen walking out the back of the furniture store and north into the alley. More said the man visited other companies in the area before and after the crime.
“We’re here today because of Brianna,” More said on Tuesday. “This person who is responsible for this heinous, senseless and brutal crime, he walks among us – I am convinced of that.
“I look to that community today to help us solve this crime.”
Mounted patrols were in the neighborhood on Tuesday. Outside Croft House placed mourning flowers, candles and other objects in memory of Kupfer.
Kupfer’s family said she was born and raised in LA, attended Brentwood High School and graduated from the University of Miami. Most recently, she worked on her master’s degree in architectural design at UCLA.
Her aunt said that Kupfer had a big heart and was loved. She leaves behind her parents and three siblings.
Croft House is a home decor and furniture store that has eco-friendly options.
Anyone with information was asked to call LAPD at 213-382-9470 or 877-TIPS-247