Safety digital camera footage, shell casings and a small however distinctive tattoo performed pivotal roles within the arrest of a person suspected in no less than six killings over the previous two months within the St. Louis and Kansas Metropolis areas.
The St. Louis Circuit Lawyer’s workplace on Tuesday charged Perez Deshay Reed within the capturing deaths of two individuals within the metropolis in September. Reed was charged Saturday in two different deadly shootings in September in St. Louis County. He’s additionally suspected of killing two individuals in Kansas Metropolis, Kansas, and the FBI has labeled him a suspected serial killer.
Reed, who turns 26 years previous Wednesday, remained jailed on $2 million bond Tuesday and did not but have an legal professional.
Surveillance video in Kansas helped result in Reed’s arrest. Pictures captured by the cameras confirmed the distinctive crescent moon-shaped tattoo on Reed’s brow. One other key issue was proof left behind at every of the St. Louis-area shootings.
“The commonality amongst them had been handgun casings,” Wealthy Quinn, particular agent in command of the FBI workplace in St. Louis, mentioned. “We knew they got here from the identical handgun.”
Reed is charged within the St. Louis County killings of 16-year-old Marnay Haynes on Sept. 13 and 40-year-old Lester Robinson on Sept. 26. Within the metropolis of St. Louis, he’s suspected within the killings of 49-year-old Pamela Abercrombie on Sept. 16 and a 24-year-old man, Carey Ross, on Sept. 19. All 4 victims had been shot within the head.
His seize adopted the killing of a person and a girl at a Kansas Metropolis, Kansas, residence complicated.
Surveillance video confirmed Reed coming into Damon Irvin’s residence on Oct. 28. Police discovered Irvin, 35, fatally shot within the residence on Nov. 1, based on an FBI affidavit.
Reed and 25-year-old Rau’Daja Fairrow entered the identical residence complicated on the night time of Oct. 29 and Reed left quarter-hour later, based on the affidavit. Fairrow’s nude physique was discovered Nov. 2 in her residence. The FBI mentioned Reed confirmed his driver’s license to enter the constructing, and the surveillance video confirmed his brow tattoo.
Officers started tailing Reed and had been watching Friday as he boarded a St. Louis-bound Amtrak prepare that left Union Station in Kansas Metropolis, Missouri.
However as an alternative of using to St. Louis, Reed obtained off on the first cease within the Kansas Metropolis suburb of Independence, Missouri, the FBI mentioned. Officers conducting surveillance from aboard the prepare arrested Reed as he boarded a bus. He was allegedly carrying a .40-caliber handgun that investigators imagine he used within the St. Louis-area shootings.
Throughout an interview with police, Reed denied that he harm anybody, based on the affidavit.
Investigators haven’t dominated out the chance that Reed dedicated extra crimes. St. Louis County Lt. Craig Longworth mentioned there was no recognized connection between the victims.
“These appeared to be random acts,” he mentioned.
Reed has connections to the St. Louis and Kansas Metropolis areas.
He started residing with a cousin in St. Louis County in 2004 when he was 8 years previous, and she or he later grew to become his authorized guardian when his dad and mom had been deemed “unwilling, unable and unfit” to look after him, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported. He was charged with misdemeanor assault in St. Louis County in 2019, although that case hasn’t gone to trial. He had no recognized historical past of felony expenses.
Reed married in Jackson County, which incorporates a few of Kansas Metropolis, Missouri, in June of 2019. His spouse filed for divorce in July and a listening to within the divorce case is scheduled for Dec. 2.
The Wyandotte County district legal professional’s workplace was awaiting a police report earlier than it might think about expenses in opposition to Reed, a spokesman mentioned Tuesday.
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