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A 52-year old St. Louis man has been charged with killing a woman and sexually assaulting two others after holding them at gun point in the back room of a catholic supply store on Monday.

Arresting Thomas Bruce on Wednesday ended a two-day manhunt for the sick offender.

CBS News reports:

Authorities allege that Bruce entered the store and said he was shopping, then left briefly before returning with a handgun. He forced the three women into the back room, told them to strip, exposed himself and ordered them to “perform deviant sexual acts on him,” detectives wrote in the criminal complaint.

Two of the women complied but the third, 53-year-old Jamie Schmidt of nearby House Springs, refused, so he shot her in the head, they wrote. The attacker ordered the other women to continue performing the sexual acts on him, and he later fled, apparently able to blend in along the busy street in broad daylight.

Thomas Bruce has been charged with 17 criminal counts including first-degree murder, three counts of sodomy and three counts of kidnapping



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