Safety digicam footage, shell casings and a small however distinctive tattoo performed pivotal roles within the arrest of a person suspected in at the very least six killings over the previous two months within the St. Louis and Kansas City areas.
The St. Louis Circuit Lawyer’s workplace on Tuesday charged Perez Deshay Reed within the capturing deaths of two folks 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 folks in Kansas Metropolis, Kansas, and the FBI has labeled him a suspected serial killer.
Reed, who turns 26 years outdated Wednesday, remained jailed on $2 million bond Tuesday and did not but have an legal professional.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 have been handgun casings,” Wealthy Quinn, particular agent answerable for 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 have been shot within the head.
His seize adopted the killing of a person and a lady at a Kansas Metropolis, Kansas, residence advanced.
Surveillance video confirmed Reed getting 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 advanced 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 have 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 driving to St. Louis, Reed bought 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 further crimes. St. Louis County Lt. Craig Longworth mentioned there was no identified 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 dwelling with a cousin in St. Louis County in 2004 when he was 8 years outdated, and he or she later turned his authorized guardian when his dad and mom have been deemed “unwilling, unable and unfit” to look after him, the St. Louis Submit-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 identified historical past of felony costs.
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 will think about costs towards Reed, a spokesman mentioned Tuesday.