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The devastated father of a UCLA graduate student who was stabbed to death in broad daylight last week while working at an upscale Los Angeles furniture store is criticizing politicians for ignoring a recent spike in violent crime.
“We have a lot of politicians who have somehow forgotten about people and think that the key to getting elected is to support the bottom rung of our society and give them rights and somehow that’s the answer to getting votes,” Todd Kupfer told FoxNews.
Kupfer’s 24-year-old daughter, Brianna Kupfer, was killed last Thursday when a suspicious man, believed to be homeless, entered Croft House around 1:50 p.m. and stabbed her to death. He then fled out the back door before calmly walking down an alley.
The Pacific Palisades architectural design student was discovered 20 minutes later by a client. He died at the scene before he could get help.
LAPD determined that it was a random attack and that the suspect did not know the victim. Police say he was wearing a dark hoodie, sunglasses, a white N-95 mask and a dark backpack.
“Crime is really going up, and we have a lot of criminals on the streets that shouldn’t be out there,” Kupfer’s father told Fox News.
His daughter had been working as a design consultant at the high-end furniture store popular with celebrities like Mandy Moore, whose Pasadena home features a Croft House sofa, according to Architectural Digest.
“She was a kind soul and she was always trying to improve herself and everything around her,” Kupfer said, fighting back tears. He cared about people.
The killing comes amid a huge increase in crime in Los Angeles, with a 52% increase in homicides in Los Angeles last year from 2019, and a 59% increase in shooting incidents, according to data from LAPD.
Kupfer says that he thinks politicians are ignoring this rise in violent crime.
“We need to stand up for [my daughter] as a beacon of what’s wrong and make sure people recognize it, because her children could be her next, and it’s an impossible price to pay,” he said.
Los Angeles County District Attorney George Gascón is under fire for failing to crack down on the recent uptick in violence.
He won over voters last year with promises of sweeping criminal justice reforms that critics say put the interests of criminals before community safety, Fox News reported.
Jacqueline Avant, the 81-year-old wife of music producer Clarence Avant
Jacqueline Avant, the 81-year-old wife of music producer Clarence Avant, became the highest-profile robbery victim when she was shot to death at her $2.7 million Beverly Hills mansion in December.
On January 3, in nearby San Jose, nine thugs armed with hammers broke into a San Jose mall and smashed three store windows before fleeing with $110,000 in jewelry.
Los Angeles police arrested 14 people last November in connection with 11 recent store robberies, where nearly $340,000 worth of merchandise was stolen.
A Los Angeles Nordstrom, a Lululemon in Studio City, a Fairfax District store and a CVS Pharmacy in South Los Angeles are among the affected stores.
However, due to the county’s zero bail policies, all suspects were released within hours of being handcuffed.
Gascon said of rising crime rates: “The reality is that we go through these cycles, and we go through cycles for a variety of reasons… In many ways, we can’t judge our way out of social inequalities, inequalities of income, the homeless, the desperation that we have.
Jon Hatami, a prosecutor and supporter
Gascon is currently involved in a dispute over a transgender woman who pleaded guilty to s*xually assaulting a 10-year-old girl, and the district attorney said she could be allowed to serve her sentence under house arrest.
He refused to prosecute Hannah Tubbs, 26, as an adult for the crime committed two weeks before her 18th birthday.
On New Year’s Eve 2014, Tubbs saw a 10-year-old girl at a Denny’s in Palmdale, California, followed her into the bathroom, grabbed her by the neck and forced her pants down by hand.
Gascon refuses to sentence Tubbs as an adult because the defendant was 17 years old when the attack occurred.
Jon Hatami, a prosecutor and supporter of the movement to impeach Gascon, said Tubbs was too dangerous to be in the juvenile system.
“This clearly shows the dangerous aspect of George Gascon’s general policies,” he said.
Meanwhile, Gascon is facing yet another scandal after his own cops went out of their way to ask federal prosecutors to charge the alleged killers of an off-duty LAPD officer.
Los Angeles County Sheriff Alex Villanueva has sought federal indictment for the four gang members accused of killing 27-year-old officer Fernando Arroyos on January 10 out of fear that pursuing them through Gascon could lead to lighter sentences.
Last year, Gascon removed sentencing enhancements, such as gang membership, that would have seen Arroyos’s alleged killers potentially jailed for life if convicted.
California law provides for a sentence of 25 years to life without parole, while Gascon’s reforms would see killers offered parole after completing their sentence.
The federal charges they now face come with enhancements that automatically lengthen the sentence if the person is sentenced to life in prison without parole.
Gascón previously announced that he had decided to stop seeking sentencing improvements in gang-related cases as part of an increasingly controversial prison reform policy aimed at boosting “equity.”
She said, ‘He came in and asked me a couple of questions: ‘Do you do orthopedics here?’ What kind of care we provide, and she then she left. So she was only here for a few minutes.
She added: ‘It’s terrifying. It is awful. She is such a young girl. … We feel really bad for Brianna’s family and hope we can catch this guy.”
Her father described her as an ‘angel’ and an intelligent young woman who devoted herself to her family with high aspirations.
Brianna leaves behind her mother, her father, brothers Brandon and Tucker and her sister Mikaela, who was her best friend, her family said.
Todd Kupfer Quick and Facts
- Brianna Kupfer, 24, a UCLA grad student was working alone in the luxury furniture store, Croft House, in L.A.
- Her devastated father slammed politicians, saying that they ‘somehow forgot about people and think the key to getting elected is to support the lowest rung of society’
- A man believed to be homeless entered the store around 1:50 p.m. on Thursday and stabbed the design student to death before making his escape through the back door
- She was discovered 20 minutes later by another customer
- The murder comes amid a huge crime surge in LA, with District Attorney George Gascon under fire for failing to crack down on the violence
- Homicides in Los Angeles rose 52 percent last year from 2019, and shooting incidents were up 59 percent, LAPD data shows