IMPERIAL, MISSOURI – A man pretending to be a customer inside a Catholic Supply shop ended up forcing 3 women into the back of the shop and made them strip at gunpoint.
He then attempted to force the women to perform sexual acts on him.
Prosecutors say 53-year-old Thomas Bruce faces charges of first-degree murder, sodomy, kidnapping, burglary and related counts.
Bruce’s arrest comes two days after 53-year-old Jamie Schimdt, who was shopping inside a Catholic Supply Store in St. Louis County, MO, was shot and killed.
Schmidt refused to cooperate with Bruce, and his reaction was to shoot and kill her.
#Corrected: Charges issued against Thomas Bruce, 53, in the murder and assault that occurred Monday at the Catholic Supply store in West St. Louis County. We do not yet have a bond amount. We would like to thank the public for their assistance. #CatholicSupply pic.twitter.com/8Azt5pGJw7
— St. Louis County PD (@stlcountypd) November 21, 2018
It’s a terrible story, and who knows why this man did what he did. It ended with an innocent life lost, a violent criminal behind bars, and a wish that we have that more people arm themselves.
Our hearts go out to the family of the woman killed, and the other victims in this senseless crime.