A suspected serial killer was charged with seventh murder after witnesses recognized a distinct crescent-shaped forehead tattoo, officials said.
The Jackson County Prosecutor’s Office announced that Perez Desha Reid, 26, of St. Louis, had already been charged with six other murders after he was charged with additional first-degree murder Friday.
He has been additionally charged with one count of armed criminal action and two counts of fraud involving a credit or debit device.
The latest allegation came in November 2021 by Stephen D. Johnson, whose body was found stuffed inside a closet at his apartment in midtown Kansas City, Mo. Investigators found that he had been shot in the back of the head.
Witnesses told investigators that the “serial killer” they saw on TV from St. Louis was the same man with a crescent tattoo as Johnson’s guest.
When police arrested Reid in nearby Liberty on a warrant from St. Louis County, they found a key on it that fit a deadbolt lock in Johnson’s apartment. DNA evidence collected from the cigarillo box also linked Reed to the murder.
Officials said the bullet found inside Johnson’s head was fired from a gun Reid had when he was arrested.
He is being held in St. Louis without bond.
Reed’s killing spree took place between September and November in the St. Louis and Kansas City areas.
Officials said most of his victims were women – some of whom were sex workers. The victims ranged in age from 16 to 49.
Louis County, he allegedly killed 16-year-old Marne Haynes on September 13, 2021, and Lester Robinson, 40, on September 26. He is also charged with the murders in St. Louis of 49 – Pamela Abercrombie on September 16 and Carrie Ross, 24, on September 19. All four victims were shot in the head, officials said.
In Wyandote County, KS, Reid has been charged with the October deaths of Damon Washington Irwin and Rou’daza D’Naya Farrow. Officials said their bodies were found in separate apartments on a campus in downtown Kansas City, KS.
The FBI was following him, and he was captured after exiting a bus in Independence, Missouri.
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