A suspected serial killer was arrested in connection to the deaths of six people in and around the St. Louis area between September and October, police said.
Several of the alleged victims of 25-year-old Perez Reed included sex workers and members of the transgender community and ranged in age from 16 to 49, KSDK reported.
Marnay Haynes, 16, was discovered fatally shot on Sept. 13 in St. Louis County. Three days later, 49-year-old Pamela Abercrombie and Casey Ross, 24, were found dead in St. Louis. On Sept. 26, Lester Robinson, 40, was gunned down in the street in Ferguson. The following month, in Kansas City, Damon Irvin, 35, and Rau’ Daja Fairrow, 25, were found dead in separate apartments in the same high-rise building.
According to investigators, the same.40-caliber Smith & Wesson pistol was used in all six murders.
Detectives allegedly zeroed in on Reed as a suspect after linking him to a cell phone number used to buy an Amtrak ticket from Kansas City to St. Louis. FBI agents who trailed Reed then arrested him after he got off a bus in Independence, Missouri, on Nov. 5.
Shell casings from the crime scenes allegedly matched a handgun Reed had in his possession when he was taken into custody, the station reported.
Reed faces multiple charges, including first-degree murder, first-degree assault and armed criminal action. He was being held on a $2 million bond.