Update: Police issue pictures of a person of interest
TOWN & COUNTRY, MO (KPLR) – It turns out the victim of a near-fatal beating in Town and Country Friday has a criminal past of his own.
Thomas Ruzicka, 60, was convicted of stealing $100,000 in 2010 from his employee`s 401k plan at Ruzicka Electric.
Naturally, investigators have been asking if there could be a connection between that crime and the beating he suffered on Friday.
But they are not connecting those dots.
‘We have looked into all those things and we really don`t believe those have any involvement in what happened here,’ said Lt. Michael Thompson of the Major Case Squad, which was called in to help investigate the case.
‘A lot of those things happened years ago and there is no animosity, we haven`t found anybody who would have any type of lingering anger toward him that would lead to this situation,’ Thompson said.
Friday morning, Ruzicka`s son found him unconscious in the garage of the home his father had been renting in the 12900 block of Thornhill Drive in Town and Country.
Ruzicka`s 2005 Ford explorer, along with two flat screen TVs and other electronics had been stolen.
By Friday night, Town and Country police were asking for help from the Major Case Squad, which most often is used in cases of murder.
‘His condition and the prognosis for Mr. Ruzicka on Friday was pretty grim, so in an abundance of caution, Town and Country police asked the Major Case Squad to step in and assist because obviously if he did die, it certainly would be a case we would jump in on,’ Thompson said.
St. Louis city police found Ruzicka`s stolen SUV parked in the 6100 block of Lucille in North St. Louis, but did not find the TVs.
Ruzicka is still in the hospital, in serious but stable condition. However his injuries are so severe police have still not been able to talk to him about what happened.
An anonymous donor is offering a $10,000 reward for information leading to an arrest and conviction in the case.
Anyone with information in the case should contact the Major Case Squad at (314) 432-4697 or CrimeStoppers at (866) 371-TIPS (8477).