Suspected serial killer arrested for six homicides in two states – and he was caught with the murder weapon

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KANSAS CITY, KS – The FBI announced Tuesday that a “suspected serial killer” has been taken into custody with the semi-automatic pistol he allegedly used in multiple slayings within weeks in St. Louis and in Kansas City.

FBI Special Agent in Charge Richard Quinn announced the arrest Monday of Perez Reed, 25. He is accused of a crime spree across Missouri and Kansas that left six people dead and two others injured between the middle of September and late October.

Reed was arrested on Friday after getting off a train in Independence, Missouri. The FBI said he was carrying a .40 caliber semi-auto pistol linked to the crimes at the time of his arrest.

In a news release, the FBI wrote:

“This caliber matches firearm shell casings found at unsolved shootings in the City and County of St. Louis during September 2021.

“At least six victims were shot, four fatally, with the same .40 caliber firearm.”

On Tuesday, Reed was charged in St. Louis with two counts of first-degree murder, one count of first-degree assault and three counts of armed criminal action.

This follows charges against Reed announced Monday in St. Louis County that include two counts of first-degree murder, one count of first-degree assault and three counts of armed criminal action.

He was federally charged with Interstate Transportation of a Firearm with Intent to Commit a Felony.

Reed has not been charged in relation to crimes detailed in the FBI complaint that occurred in Kansas City, Kansas.

The FBI defines serial killings as a series of three or more killings, having common characteristics to suggest they were committed by the same person or persons.

Investigators say Reed began his shooting spree on September 12, when he shot a man multiple times at a bus stop in St. Louis County. The man survived the shooting but marked the beginning of a violent string of events.

Prosecutors allege Reed was responsible for the shooting death of 16-year-old Marnay Hayes less than 24-hours later. She became his first known murder victim.

Three days later, at 10:23 p.m. on Sept. 16, a woman was shot in the face behind a building in the 4500 block of Adelaide Avenue. Police responded to a nearby gas station where they found the victim, who was conscious and breathing but unable to provide a statement, according to court documents.

Less than two hours later, police discovered the body of 49-year-old Pamela Abercrombie lying in the street less than a mile away. The victim died at a local hospital a short time later.

Three days later, Carey Ross was found dead with a gunshot wound in a vacant lot in the city.

On Sept. 26, the killer struck again, this time in Ferguson. Police found 40-year-old Lester Robinson dead in the 1700 block of Barbados Lane at about 7:15 a.m. after ShotSpotter detected shots had been fired there.

On November 1, Kansas City police discovered the body of Damon Irvin, 35, in an apartment building. The next day, a woman, Rau’Daja Fairrow, 25,  was found shot to death in another apartment in the same building.

Police believe both victims were dead for several days before their bodies were discovered. Surveillance footage captured Reed holding a door open for Irvin on October 28 in the apartment building.

Authorities got a break when shell casings found at the shooting scenes all matched the same 40 caliber handgun. The same gun in Reed’s possession when he was arrested.

Investigators quickly learned that Reed was also allegedly responsible for two more murders at a high-rise apartment complex in Kansas City, Kansas, in late October.

The motive for the murders remains unknown, but authorities said most of the victims were women. Police said some were involved in sex work. Other victims were known to dress as women. Some of the victims were shot in the back of their heads.

Authorities added that the suspect did not have any apparent connection to his victims. The victims also did not have any known connections to each other.

Reed’s criminal history includes a reckless driving charge in Charlack in 2015 and an assault charge in 2019. In that case, he was charged with fourth-degree assault for allegedly head-butting a corrections officer at the St. Louis County Justice Center, according to a report by KSDK news.

He was arrested for riding MetroLink without a ticket, gave false information about his identity and was arrested on outstanding warrants. The case was continued multiple times because all of the notices to appear were returned as undeliverable mail.

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‘Unarmed suspect’? Body cam footage shows criminal firing first in Kansas City police shooting

June 24, 2021

 

KANSAS CITY, KS – Police officials say that the body cam footage from an officer-involved shooting involving a now-deceased carjacking suspect on June 20th reportedly shows the suspect firing at officers first

According to officials, the June 20th pursuit that led up to the officer-involved shooting in Kansas City, Kansas had originally started in Kansas City, Missouri. 

The June 20th pursuit and officer-involved shooting stems back to an armed carjacking that occurred on June 17th in the area of 18th and Garfield in Kansas City, Kansas. 

Kansas City, Kansas Police responded to the reported armed carjacking where the victim told officers that he was giving the suspect, identified only as a 25-year-old Hispanic male, a ride when the suspect suddenly pulled a gun on him. 

The suspect demanded the victim’s car, described as a “dark colored Ford Expedition with gold trim” and fled the scene. 

Then, at approximately 11:30 a.m. on June 20th, Kansas City, Missouri Police reportedly spotted the vehicle in the area of Independence Avenue and Benton Boulevard and attempted to conduct a traffic stop. 

Officials say the suspect didn’t stop for police, and a pursuit was put into motion. 

The pursuit crossed state lines and Kansas City, Kansas Police joined in on the pursuit at approximately 11:42 a.m., with the pursuit lasting only five minutes longer thereafter before the suspect crashed behind a convenience store at 18th and Parallel. 

Police say a review of body cam footage shows the suspect exiting the vehicle while armed and running toward 18th street. Officers pursued the suspect on foot, which officials say the suspect turned around and fired at pursuing officers. 

Luckily, no officers were shot while coming under fire from the suspect.

Officers reportedly returned fire, striking the suspect. 

Aid was immediately administered on-scene, and the unnamed suspect was reportedly transported to an area hospital, where he was later pronounced deceased. 

Tarence Maddox, president of the local NAACP in Kansas City, Kansas, issued some comments of criticism regarding how the events unfolded that led to the shooting:

“Now, a carjacking is important – we don’t want criminals just being able to do anything and run free. But a carjacking, where someone just stole a car, shouldn’t lead to high-speed pursuits in broad daylight, on holidays, and then someone’s running on foot and they’re eventually dead.”

Officials say the investigation into the incident is still ongoing, with the KCKPD, Wyandotte County Sheriff’s Department and the Wyandotte County District Attorney’s Office reviewing evidence. 

This is an ongoing investigation. 

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