Last Thursday a 70-year-old nurse named Sandra Shells showed up early at a bus stop near Union Station, not far from Skid Row in Los Angeles. What happened to her that morning made news throughout the region:
Police say they responded Thursday around 5:15 a.m. to a call of an assault at a bus stop near Union Station. “Upon arrival, officers discovered that the suspect, later identified as Kerry Bell, had struck the victim in the face, causing her to fall to the ground and sustain a fractured skull,” according to LAPD.
Police and the Metropolitan Transportation Authority released photos of the suspect to officers in the area. About 90 minutes later, they found Bell, who is homeless, asleep near the scene, according to police. They say the attack was “without provocation and for no reason.” Bell was taken into custody. It is not clear if he has legal representation…
The victim, Sandra Shells, 70, was taken to a hospital and died of her injuries Sunday, according to police.
In fact, she was taken to the same hospital where she had worked as an ER nurse for 37 years. Kerry Bell, the 6’2″ 220 pound homeless man who punched the elderly woman for no reason, has been charged with murder. According to Heavy, he had a prior arrest history in California and other nearby states.
One senseless death like this would have been enough but later the same day a UCLA grad student studying architecture was murdered while working alone at a furniture store in the middle of the day.
Police say 24-year-old Brianna Kupfer was the only employee at the Croft House on La Brea Avenue when someone came into the store last Thursday afternoon and fatally stabbed her…
Officers said Kupfer instantly had a bad feeling when the suspect walked into the store.
“She sent a text to a friend saying there was someone inside the location that gave her a bad vibe. Regrettably, that person did not see the text immediately,” said Lt. John Radtke of LAPD.
About 15 minutes later, a customer found Kupfer stabbed to death.
“I don’t see us healing anytime soon,” said Todd Kupfer, the victim’s father. “I would love to tell you that there’s going to be a point we’re going to be better, but I feel like it’s going to be a big missing piece.”
Some of her friends told KCAL 9, “the world has been robbed of a productive member of society – who glowed with positivity.” The suspect is a 31-year-old homeless man named Shawn Laval Smith. Smith, who is 6’3″ and 190 pounds, was seen casually shopping at a nearby 7-11 about 30 minutes after the murder.
Smith was arrested earlier today in Pasadena:
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Not surprisingly, Smith has a long rap sheet including a misdemeanor arrest last October and an arrest for shoplifting and assaulting a police officer prior to that. In 2019 he was arrested for discharging a gun into a vehicle occupied by a man and a child. That was just one of 12 arrests in South Carolina going back to 2010. So this creep has been involved in violent crimes for at least three years but he’s just walking the streets of Los Angeles until this week when he stabbed a young woman to death for no reason.
Finally, last Saturday in New York City a 40-year-old Asian woman named Michelle Alyssa Go was murdered when a man shoved her onto the subway tracks in front of an oncoming train. A 61-year-old homeless man named Martial Go was identified as the suspect in her murder. He told reporters he’d killed her because he was “god.”
When asked if he had killed Michelle Alyssa Go, a 40-year-old Upper West Side resident, Martial copped to the ghastly attack, and claimed he was “God.”
“Yeah because I’m God. Yes I did. I’m God, I can do it,” Martial shouted to a gaggle of reporters, adding “she stole my f—ing jacket, that’s why,” when asked about his motive…
Martial had initially approached another woman, who was not Asian, in the station, but the woman became alarmed and moved away, according to police.
“She feels that he was about to physically push her onto the train,” Assistant Chief Jason Wilcox of the NYPD Detective Bureau said. “As she’s walking away she witnesses the crime where he pushes our other victim in front of the train.”
Because this lunatic was an equal-opportunity murderer he’s not being charged with a hate crime. Martial’s sister told the NY Post he’s been on medication for 20 years and in and out of mental hospitals. But last weekend he was just free to walk around and find someone to murder.
A significant portion of the chronic homeless, i.e. the people living long term on the street, have mental and/or substance abuse problems. Any of them could kill themselves or someone else just because they are having a bad day. We can’t allow these free-range mental patients to be a threat to innocent women like Sandra Shells, Brianna Kupfer and Michelle Go. Ultimately, we may not be able to help people who have fallen into a long-standing pattern of self-destruction from harming themselves, but we need to do more to prevent them from harming others. Right now these people are just circulating through the system until someone gets seriously hurt or killed.