Murder suspect was working as security guard in South LA before capture

Mark Reed

By Alex A. Alonso
July 23, 2010 | 1:23 p.m.

LOS ANGELES -– On Thursday Los Angeles Police Chief Charlie Beck held a press conference to announce the capture of a murder suspect that was among California’s top 10 ‘Most Wanted’ parolees. Mark Rudolph Reed, 42, is wanted in connection to the 2007 murder of Marlon Greene in DeKalb County, Georgia. Reed, with a female accomplice, who is now in custody, helped kill and bury the Atlanta man off River Road in Ellenwood, Georgia according to investigators.

Police from California had previously informed detectives in DeKalb County, Georgia that they had information that California resident, Reed, was responsible for the death of Greene. After DeKalb investigators confirmed the woman’s story, they issued a warrant for his arrest.

Reed had been living in Los Angeles under the alias, Will Thomas, and secured a job as head of security of the Coliseum shopping center, which includes Denny’s Restaurant, a Starbucks built by Magic Johnson’s development company, a Big 5 Sporting Goods, a Goodwill and a Walgreens. Reed was identified by various members of the community that recognized him on the California’s ‘most wanted’ parolees website, and a tip led to Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) Detective Venus Mason.

On July 9, LAPD officers planned to take Reed into custody as they waited in the shopping center for him to arrive, but the officers on the scene were rushed to another emergency after waiting for over an hour. Reed had been expected to drop by the shopping center momentarily on business. Reed was eventually taken into custody the following morning and booked by the LAPD.

He is currently in the custody of the Los Angeles County jail system in Castaic with no bail. His next court date is August 16. He is expected to face theft charges in Fresno and then extradited to Georgia to face murder charges.

Council members Bernard Parks, Herb Wesson and LAPD Captain Steve Zipperman were also present at the press conference.

Alex Alonso is an author, film maker and founder of He is also a contributing author in the 2010 book entitled “Black Los Angeles: American Dreams Racial Realities” (New York University Press). He can be reached via email, toll free at 800-249-1324 or on Twitter.

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7 Comments for “Murder suspect was working as security guard in South LA before capture”

  1. insanity

    this ki*ler was head of security and there is a bank (Chase) over there?

  2. stefalonso

    This is a place I frequently visited with my family. It is very scary to know there was a ki*ler among us. I am sure happy to know that someone felt brave enough to alert the authorities and they were able to apprehend him and get him out of the community. This doesn’t make me feel safer, it only makes me more concerned and aware that if this guy could blend in our community, then who else is out there.

  3. very scary

    I grew up with this guy in Los Angeles. He was always very nice. Never disrespectful in any way. I frequent that shopping area and bumped into him last year. The stone face look is how he looked as a teen ager. Always emotionless. This is so scary to think – that such a nice person could be involved in such a hanous crime. OMG.

  4. baby stebo 5rm fudgke town mafia crip107st

    Thats watts up a real nigkgka thats kil#i*g police n not his own blacc people i respect that cuhz i hate police n mexicans

  5. right187

    2 die a garbageman poor life

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