A St Louis man who is a suspected serial killer has been arrested for crimes that span Missouri, in the USA.
Perez Reed, who turns 26 on November 10, is accused of shooting six people, four fatally, with the same .40 calibre gun.
He was arrested on Friday while he was traveling from Kansas City to St. Louis.
He was taken into custody when he got off a train in Independence.
When he was arrested, Mr Reed reportedly had the .40 calibre semi-automatic pistol on him that matched the shell casings found at unsolved shootings in St. Louis City and County in September 2021.
The St. Louis County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office charged Mr Reed with two counts of first-degree murder, one count of first-degree assault and three counts of armed criminal action.
In The United States District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri, Mr Reed has been charged with one count of interstate transportation of a firearm with intent to commit a felony. St. Louis City police told News 4 warrants against Mr Reed in their jurisdiction were being applied on Monday morning.
St. Louis Circuit Attorney Kim Gardner released the following statement on Monday afternoon regarding the investigation:
“The Circuit Attorney’s Office has been working closely with the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department from the beginning on this investigation. This is a complex multi-jurisdictional case.
“The cases in the City of St. Louis are currently under investigation to ensure the most important goal – that justice is brought to the many victims and their families; and the person responsible is held accountable for these heinous crimes.”
Mr Reed’s alleged crime spree began on September 12 at a bus stop on Chambers Road in St. Louis County.
Police said Mr Reed shot a man who was waiting for a bus multiple times in the chest.
The man was left with serious injuries and a permanent disability.
The following day, Mr Reed is accused of shooting Marnay Haynes, 16, at least two times in a “distinctive manner,” killing her in the 9900 block of Glen Owen Drive.
Three days later, police said Mr Reed shot a 28-year-old woman in the face behind a building in the 4500 block of Adelaide.
Officers found the woman at a BP gas station on West Florissant looking for help.
She survived the shooting but was unable to speak to detectives.
However, documents show a blood trail led investigators to where the shooting took place.
Within two hours, detectives in north St. Louis linked the suspected serial killer to another woman’s death – 49-year-old Pamela Abercrombie.
She was found wounded lying on the sidewalk in the 3800 block of West Florissant.
She died at the hospital.
After Abercrombie’s death, the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department sent a public safety alert warning that some sex workers were being targeted by an unknown gunman.
On Sept. 19, Mr Reed is accused of murdering 24-year-old Carey Ross, who was found shot in a vacant lot near the intersection of 15th and Mullanphy just after 12pm.
Then, on September 26, detectives identified a familiar distinctive manner while investigating the shooting death of Lester Robinson in the 1700 block of Barbados Lane in St. Louis County.
The shooting had similarities to the Haynes’ murder.
Mr Reed then allegedly made his way to Kansas City, where he is accused of killing Damon Irvin, 35, on Nov 1 and Rau’Daja Fairrow, 25, a day later.
Both lived in apartments at the Wyandotte Towers and were shot to death, investigators said.
Evidence linking Mr Reed to murders.
In court documents, the FBI detailed the evidence used to link Mr Reed to the Missouri crimes.
In the Kansas shooting deaths, investigators obtained surveillance video from the apartment building.
A still photograph from the video showed a man with a crescent tattoo on his forehead, which matched a booking photo of Mr Reed that showed a crescent tattoo on his forehead.
Surveillance video from October 28 reportedly showed Mr Reed and Mr Irvin entering the apartment building together.
The duo then went into Mr Irvin’s apartment around 11.15pm that night.
Just after 6am the following morning, Mr Reed left Mr Irvin’s apartment alone, according to police.
A security guard at the Kansas apartment complex told investigators a man who entered the apartment building with Ms Fairrow on October 29 presented a Missouri driver’s license for Perez Reed.
Phone records that matched Mr Reed’s listed number showed the suspect called Ms Fairrow 652 times between October 5 and October 29.
After October 29, Reed’s phone no longer called Ms Fairrow’s phone.
Investigators said they could not find any witnesses who reported seeing Ms Fairrow alive after October 29.
Upon Mr Reed’s arrest, a gun that matched was consistent with the one used in the September 2021 shooting sin St. Louis was seized from him.
The FBI said Mr Reed still had a crescent tattoo visible on his forehead when he was taken into custody.
When he was interviewed by investigators, Mr Reed reportedly admitted to giving his driver’s license to the security guard at the Kansas City apartment complex. He also admitted to knowing Ms Fairrow.
But, he denied hurting anybody.