Murder suspect was working as security guard in South LA before capture
STREETGANGS.COM STAFF WRITER
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.
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