Discarded Business Card Led Police To Catholic Supply Store Murder Suspect

A woman at a neighboring business told police after the Nov. 19 attack in Ballwin that a man fitting the suspect's description had given her a business card. That card, found in the trash, helped break the case.

A discarded business card led police to the man accused of killing a woman and assaulting two others at a Catholic Supply store in Ballwin.

According to St. Louis County Police Spokesman Shawn McGuire, a woman at a neighboring business told police after the Nov. 19 attack in Ballwin that a man fitting the suspect's description had given her a business card. That card, found in the trash, helped break the case.

McGuire also praised the courage of the victims, who provided detailed descriptions.

Fifty-three-year-old Thomas Bruce is charged with first-degree murder, multiple counts of sodomy and other crimes in the attack. He's accused of ordering three women to perform sex acts at the store. Investigators say 53-year-old Jamie Schmidt was killed when she refused.

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