FBI task force arrests suspected serial killer in St. Louis

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ST. LOUIS, Mo. – Two more homicides and a shooting in St. Louis may be connected to a man charged for two other murders. Perez Reed, 25, may be connected to a total of four murders in September. He was apprehended by an FBI task force Saturday and is in federal custody. Investigators say Reed shot some of the victims in the same, “distinctive manner.”

Perez Reed

Detectives will be applying for murder charges at the Circuit Attorney’s Office today. Police say that Reed was apprehended by the federal agents for, “Interstate Transportation of a Firearm with Intent to Commit a Felony.”

FBI agents said Reed was in possession of a .40-caliber handgun that matched shell casings located at three crime scenes. The handgun also matched casings at several murders in the City of St. Louis.

St. Louis Police now believe that Reed may be connected to the killings of Pamela Abercrombie, 49, and Casey Ross, 24. They both died in September. Investigators had asked the public for help to solve these connected crimes.

“There was evidence that indicates that these are related,” Maj. Shawn Dance said in October. “As far as right, now we cannot go into what that evidence is.”

Abercrombie was killed in the 3800 block of West Florissant on September 16. She was found at around 11:15 pm on the sidewalk suffering from a gunshot wound.

Reed may also have been involved in a shooting in the 4500 block of Adelaide on September 16. A 28-year-old woman was shot in the face at around 10:30 pm. She was taken to the hospital and survived.

Ross’s body was found in a vacant lot near the 1500 Block of Mullanphy on September 19th at around noon. She was suffering from an apparent gunshot wound.

The federal indictment says that police found Marnay Haynes, who had been shot several times and was laying in the middle of the street on September 16 in the 9900 block of Glen Owen Drive. She was pronounced dead at the scene.

Haynes had been reported missing as a runaway but was not considered endangered. Investigators noted she’d been shot at least twice in a distinctive manner.

Lester Robison was shot at least two times in the same manner as Haynes. His body was found on September 26 in the 1700 block of Barbados Lane in Ferguson.

Prosecutors believe that Reed is tied to another shooting. On Sept. 12, a man was found shot several times in his chest. He suffered serious physical injuries and permanent disability as a result. Authorities did not specify the location or time of this shooting.

On Monday afternoon, Prosecuting Attorney Wesley Bell will join members of the U.S. Attorney’s Office of Eastern Missouri, the FBI’s St. Louis Office, the St. Louis County Police Department, and the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department at a news conference at 2 p.m. to further discuss this case.

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