A suspected serial killer has been charged with a seventh murder after witnesses recognized a prominent crescent moon forehead tattoo, officials said.
Perez Deshay Reed, 26, of St. Louis, was already charged with six other murders when he was slapped with the additional first-degree murder charge Friday, Jackson County Attorneys said.
He also faces one count of armed criminal activity and two counts of fraud involving a credit or debit machine.
The latest indictments stem from the November 2021 fatal shooting of Stephon D. Johnson, whose body was found in a closet at his home in Midtown Kansas City, Mo. Investigators determined that he had been shot in the back of the head.
Witnesses told investigators that the “serial killer” they saw on television from St. Louis was the same man with a crescent moon tattoo who had been a guest at Johnson’s.
When officers arrested Reed in nearby Independence on warrants from St. Louis County, they found on him a key that fitted into a deadbolt lock in Johnson’s apartment. DNA evidence collected from a cigarillo box also linked Reed to the murder.
Officials said the bullet found in Johnson’s head was fired from the gun Reed had with him when he was arrested.
He is being held in St. Louis without bond.
Reed’s killing spree took place in the St. Louis and Kansas City areas between September and November.
Most of his victims were women — some of whom were sex workers, officials said. The victims were between 16 and 49 years old.
In St. Louis County, he allegedly killed 16-year-old Marnay Haynes on September 13, 2021 and 40-year-old Lester Robinson on September 26. He is also charged with the murders of 49-year-olds in St. Louis. year-old Pamela Abercrombie on September 16; and 24-year-old Carey Ross on September 19. All four victims were shot in the head, officials said.
In Wyandotte County, Ks., Reed is charged in the October deaths of Damon Washington Irvin and Rau’daja De’Naya Farrow. Their bodies were found in separate apartments in a complex in downtown Kansas City, Ks., authorities said.
The FBI was chasing him, and he was caught after getting off a bus in Independence, Missouri.
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https://nypost.com/2022/05/28/alleged-serial-killer-perez-reed-charged-after-witnesses-recognize-tattoo/ Alleged serial killer Perez Reed faces charges after witnesses spot tattoo