Suspected serial killer’s tattoo played role in capture
Security camera footage, shell casings and a small but distinctive tattoo played pivotal roles in the arrest of a man suspected in at least six killings over the past two months in the St. Louis and Kansas City areas.
The St. Louis Circuit Attorney’s office on Tuesday charged Perez Deshay Reed in the shooting deaths of two people in the city in September.
Reed was charged Saturday in two other fatal shootings in September in St. Louis County.
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He is also suspected of killing two people in Kansas City, Kansas, and the FBI has labelled him a suspected serial killer.
Reed, who turns 26 years old Wednesday, remained jailed on a $2.7 million bond Tuesday and didn’t yet have an attorney.
Surveillance video in Kansas helped lead to Reed’s arrest.
Images captured by the cameras showed the distinctive crescent moon-shaped tattoo on Reed’s forehead.
Another key factor was evidence left behind at each of the St Louis-area shootings.
“The commonality among them were handgun casings,” Rich Quinn, special agent in charge of the FBI office in St Louis, said.
“We knew they came from the same handgun.”
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Reed is charged in the St Louis County killings of 16-year-old Marnay Haynes on September 13 and 40-year-old Lester Robinson on September 26.
In the city of St Louis, he is suspected in the killings of 49-year-old Pamela Abercrombie on September 16 and a 24-year-old man, Carey Ross, on September 19.
All four victims were shot in the head.
His capture followed the killing of a man and a woman at a Kansas City, Kansas, apartment complex.
Surveillance video showed Reed entering Damon Irvin’s apartment on October 28.
Police found Irvin, 35, fatally shot in the apartment on November 1, according to an FBI affidavit.
Reed and 25-year-old Rau’Daja Fairrow entered the same apartment complex on the night of October 29 and Reed left 15 minutes later, according to the affidavit.
Fairrow’s nude body was found on November 2 in her apartment.
The FBI said Reed showed his driver’s license to enter the building, and the surveillance video showed his forehead tattoo.
Officers began tailing Reed and were watching Friday as he boarded a St. Louis-bound Amtrak train that left Union Station in Kansas City, Missouri.
But instead of riding to St. Louis, Reed got off at the first stop in the Kansas City suburb of Independence, Missouri, the FBI said.
Officers conducting surveillance from aboard the train arrested Reed as he boarded a bus.
He was allegedly carrying a .40-calibre handgun that investigators believe he used in the St. Louis-area shootings.
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During an interview with police, Reed denied that he hurt anyone, according to the affidavit.
Investigators haven’t ruled out the possibility that Reed committed additional crimes.
St. Louis County Lt. Craig Longworth said there was no known connection between the victims.
“These seemed to be random acts,” he said.
Reed has connections to the St. Louis and Kansas City areas.
He began living with a cousin in St. Louis County in 2004 when he was eight years old, and she later became his legal guardian when his parents were deemed “unwilling, unable and unfit” to care for him, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported.
He was charged with misdemeanour assault in St. Louis County in 2019, though that case hasn’t gone to trial.
He had no known history of felony charges.
Reed married in Jackson County, which includes some of Kansas City, Missouri, in June of 2019.
His wife filed for divorce in July and a hearing in the divorce case is scheduled for December 2.
The Wyandotte County district attorney’s office was awaiting a police report before it would consider charges against Reed, a spokesman said Tuesday.