Catholic store murder suspect identified in another assault

Catholic store murder suspect identified in another assault
Thomas Bruce is charged with murder, kidnapping, sodomy, armed criminal action and tampering with evidence. (St. Louis County Police/KTVI/CNN)

CLAYTON, Mo. (AP) — The man accused of killing a woman and sexually assaulting two others inside a suburban St. Louis religious supply store is also a suspect in an assault in a rural area.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that Jefferson County sheriff's officials say a 77-year-old woman reported the assault in September, but investigators had little to go on until the woman spotted Thomas Bruce's picture in the media.

Bruce also lives in rural Jefferson County. He's charged with first-degree murder and several other felonies for the Nov. 19 attack at the Catholic Supply store near Ballwin.

Prosecutors allege Bruce tried to force three women in the store to perform sexual acts on him. He's accused of killing a married mother of three when she refused.

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Information from: St. Louis Post-Dispatch, http://www.stltoday.com