A suspected serial killer linked to six recent homicides in Missouri and Kansas was busted by authorities on a federal weapons charge on Friday, a report said.
The 25-year-old man has not yet been charged in any of the slayings — but at least one prosecutor is already preparing to bring forth a murder charge after he was arrested with the gun allegedly used in all the crimes, sources told KSDK-TV.
The killings took place between September and late October in St. Louis, the surrounding area and Kansas City, Kansas, the report said.
Most of the victims were women — some of whom were sex workers, the report said. The victims ranged in age from 16 to 49.
The youngest victim, Marnay Haynes, was found shot dead on Sept. 13 in St. Louis County, according to the report.
Pamela Abercrombie, the oldest victim, was discovered fatally shot three days later in St. Louis.
In the same city, Casey Ross, 24, was found shot to death on Sept. 16.
In nearby Ferguson, Lester Robinson, 40, was shot dead and found on Sept. 26.
The dual Kansas City slayings occurred in the same high-rise apartment building. Damon Irvin, 35, was discovered dead with gunshot wounds on Nov. 1.
The body of Rau’Daja Fairrow, 25, was found the next day.
Investigators said the same .40 caliber Smith & Wesson pistol was used in every murder.
In addition to allegedly possessing that firearm, the man arrested Friday was also wearing shoes that connected him to the crime scenes, sources told the news outlet.
The FBI had been trailing the suspect and he was nabbed after exiting a bus in Independence, Mo., the report said.
He’s being held at a federal holding facility on a count of transporting firearms across state lines with the intent to commit a felony.