LOS ANGELES, CA. (THECOUNT) — An “older well dressed African American man,” according to witnesses, who was at a Los Angeles bus stop whe he recognised 31-year-old career criminal Shawn Laval Smith, may be entitled to collect on the sizely cash award offered in his arrest and conviction.
Smith, who is accused in the fatal stabbing of UCLA graduate student Brianna Kupfer, was at a Hancock Park area bus stop when the unknown Good Samaritan recognised him and called 911.
According to a Fox11 reporter, the man who called police was nowhere to be found as LAPD officers descended on the area – arresting Smith without further incident. Witnesses said they did not know who the Good Samaritan was and that he had not been seen in the area before.
Before Smith’s capture, Councilman Paul Koretz announced the reward:
Kupfer’s death has “shaken and shocked our community to its core,” said Councilman Koretz, who made a motion for the city to offer a $50,000 reward, which was increased to $250,000 by contributions from the community.
It is unknown if officials made contact with the Good Samaritan at the scene or if he simply departed the scene when his bus arrived.
Kupfer, who had graduated from the University of Miami and was in a master’s program for architectural design at UCLA, was stabbed to death Thursday while working alone at Croft House also in the Hancock Park area.