Ryan W. Miller and Mike Genet
A man who faces federal firearm charges may be responsible for at least six deaths in Kansas and Missouri this year, which investigators said appear to have been “random acts.”
Perez Reed, 25, whom the FBI called a “suspected serial killer,” was arrested Friday at a train station in Independence, Missouri, with a loaded .40-caliber semiautomatic pistol, which federal authorities said he used in at least some of the killings.
Reed is charged with four murders in the St. Louis area. Police in Kansas City, Kansas, said Monday that Reed is a suspect in two murders in October in the city.
“These seemed to be random acts,” said St. Louis County Lt. Craig Longworth, and there was no known connection between the victims.
Reed faces assault charges in at least two nonfatal shootings in Missouri, and he was charged in federal court in St. Louis with interstate transportation of a firearm with intent to commit a felony.
During an interview with police, Reed denied that he hurt anyone, according to an affidavit. It was not immediately clear whether he had an attorney.
The four St. Louis victims’ ages range from 16 to 49. They were all shot in the head.
“The commonality among them were handgun casings,” said Rich Quinn, special agent in charge of the FBI office in St. Louis. “We knew they came from the same handgun.”
In St. Louis County, Reed is charged in the killing of Marnay Haynes, 16, on Sept. 13 and the killing of Lester Robinson, 40, on Sept. 26.
In the city of St. Louis, he is charged with the killing of Pamela Abercrombie, 49, on Sept. 16 and the killing of Carey Ross, 24, on Sept. 19.
In the killings in which police named Reed a suspect, he was seen leaving the victims’ apartments alone, according to court documents. In those cases, Damon Irvin, 35, was fatally shot Oct. 28, and Rau’Daja Fairrow, 25, on Oct. 29. Their bodies were found a few days later.
Surveillance video captured a crescent tattoo on the suspect’s forehead, which authorities said helped identify Reed.
According to court documents, investigators learned Friday that Reed bought an Amtrak ticket from Kansas City, Missouri, to St. Louis. Federal agents boarded the train and arrested Reed when he got off at the Truman Depot in Independence – the first stop after Kansas City’s Union Station – and boarded a bus.
St. Louis County prosecutors requested a $2 million bond in their case against Reed, and federal prosecutors asked that Reed be detained pending trial in their case.
Contributing: The Associated Press