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Synthetic drug may have led to crime rampage

Synthetic drug may have led to crime rampage

TAMPA, Fla. (TBO.com) — Charlie Bates, the man who muscled his way into three apartments near the University of South Florida three months ago, sexually assaulted four students and terrorized dozens of others, was under the influence of methylone, a synthetic drug common in bath salts that can unhinge the user from reality.

Bates, 24, was chased down by law enforcement officers the next day and killed during a shootout on U.S. 301 just east of Tampa. The autopsy showed extremely high levels of methylone in Bates' body, according to the Hillsborough County Medical Examiner's Office.

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