A suspected serial killer is now facing charges for a 7th homicide in the Kansas City area.
St. Louis native Perez Reed has been charged in the fatal shooting of Stephon Johnson, whose body was discovered in a Midtown Kansas City apartment in November 2021, according to prosecutors.
The 26-year-old was charged with first-degree murder, armed criminal action, and two counts of credit/debit card fraud.
According to court documents, Johnson’s family filed missing person reports stating that they had not heard from him since November 1, 2021. According to court documents, when officers arrived at Johnson’s apartment in Brush Creek Towers, they discovered his body inside a closet. Officials determined that he had been shot in the back of the head.
According to court documents, officers also seized an empty cigarillo package, which a DNA test later linked to Reed’s DNA.
Reed was apprehended by an FBI task force in Independence on November 8, 2021, for outstanding warrants from St. Louis County. At the time, officials discovered a key in Reed’s possession, and prosecutors assert that it was compatible with the deadbolt lock on Johnson’s apartment.
Eyewitness told police that the “serial killer” from St. Louis they had seen on the news was the same guy with a crescent tattoo who had stayed at Johnson’s residence.
According to court documents, the bullet discovered in Johnson’s apartment originally came from the same gun found in Reed’s custody when he was apprehended.
Reed is currently detained in St. Louis. Including this case in Kansas City, he is now charged with seven homicides in Kansas and Missouri.