Perez Reed, a 25-year-old man with a crescent moon tattoo between his eyes, was taken into custody by FBI agents on Friday, after being found to be in possession of the gun that was allegedly used in all the attacks.
So far, Reed has been charged with two counts of first-degree murder, one count of first-degree assault and three counts of armed criminal action.
Suspected serial killer Perez Reed, 25, has been arrested in connection with a half-dozen homicides that took place in recent months in Missouri and Kansas
The youngest victim, Marney Haynes, 16 (left), a missing runaway, was found shot dead in St Louis on September 13. The oldest victim, Pamela Abercrombie (right), 49, was found shot dead in the street in St Louis on September 16
Police say Haynes was found dead in the street in the 9900 block of Glen Owen Drive in St Louis (pictured)
Reed, who turns 26 on Wednesday, is being investigated in connection with a half-dozen murders that took place between mid-September and early November in and around St Louis and Kansas City, Kansas.
Many of the victims were female sex workers, or transgender people. They ranged in age from 16 to 49 years old.
Authorities said Reed shot an unnamed man multiple times in the chest on September 12 in St Louis County. The victim survived but was left with a permanent disability, reported KMOV4.
The next day, Reed allegedly shot and killed 16-year-old Marnay Haynes ‘in a distinctive manner’ in the 9900 block of Glen Owen Drive in St Louis.
The teen, who had been reported missing as a runaway, was found laying in the street and was pronounced dead at the scene.
On September 26, Reed allegedly used the same gun to kill 40-year-old Lester Robison in the 1700 block of Barbados Lane in St Louis
On September 16, Pamela Abercrombie, 49, was found shot dead in the street in St Louis.
Three days later, 24-year-old Casey Ross was discovered dead from gunshot wounds in a vacant lot at the intersection of North 15th Street and Mullanphy Street in St Louis, according to KMOV4.
Less than two weeks later, Reed allegedly used the same gun and same ‘distinctive manner’ as in the Haynes murder to kill 40-year-old Lester Robison in the 1700 block of Barbados Lane.
Police did not elaborate on the exact manner of the killings.
Early last week, neighbors Damon Irvin, 35, and Rau’Daja Fairrow, 25, were found shot dead in their separate units at the Wyndotte Apartments complex in Kansas City.
On November 1 and 2, police found the bodies of two neighbors in their respective units at the Wyndotte Apartments complex in Kansas City
Police searched phone networks to look for a cellphone number that was used at the crime scenes, and were said to have found Reed’s, which they then tracked to an Amtrak ticket he had purchased, reported The Daily Beast.
Rau’Daja Fairrow, 25, was found shot dead inside her apartment in Kansas City with the same gun that was used in all the other killings
An FBI task force followed the suspected serial killer when he exited the train and transferred to a bus in Independence, Missouri, and picked him up on Friday.
Shell casings recovered from all the shooting scenes all matched the same .40 caliber Smith & Wesson gun that was found to be in Reed’s possession, according to officials.
At the time of his arrest, officials said Reed also was wearing shoes that linked him to the crime scenes.
Investigators said they do not believe any of the victims knew one another, or Reed, priors to the shootings. No motive has been announced as of Monday.
Reed is currently being held in federal custody. If he is transferred to St Louis County, he will be ordered held on $2million cash bail.