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St. Louis County police search for escaped inmate believed to be armed and dangerous

Bruce Brutsman, 36, escaped from custody Saturday, St. Louis County police say.
Bruce Brutsman, 36, escaped from custody Saturday, St. Louis County police say. Provided

St. Louis County police are searching for an escaped inmate, considered armed and dangerous, police said Saturday night.

Bruce Brutsman, 36, an inmate at the St. Louis County Justice Center in Clayton, Mo., was taken to a local hospital Saturday morning after allegedly swallowing a battery, according to a media advisory report.

Brutsman was able to escape from a St. Louis County Correctional Officer while under supervision from medical professionals and fled on foot, police say. Detectives believe he may now be driving a car.

Brutsman is described as 6-foot-6 and 240 pounds and was in custody on burglary and property crime charges. The St. Louis County Police Department’s Bureau of Crimes Against Persons and Intelligence Unit assumed the investigation at around 2:30 p.m.

Anyone with information regarding Brutsman or his whereabouts should contact the St. Louis County Police Department at 636-529-8210 or CrimeStoppers at 866-371-8477.

Kaley Johnson: 618-239-2526, @KaleyJohnson6

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