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U.S.F Area Crime Spree Suspect is Dead after Police Shootout

U.S.F Area Crime Spree Suspect is Dead after Police Shootout

TAMPA (970 WFLA) -- The man wanted for the series of home invasions in apartments near the USF Tampa campus has died from gunshot wounds after a shootout with police. Police captured 24 year old Charlie Christopher Bates on U.S. 301 near I-4 in Hillsborough County. This came after a chase, crash, and police shooting at Bates.  He was shot several times.  No officers were hurt.  

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Hillsborough deputies say the incidents happened at the Cambridge Woods apartments, the Oaks apartments, and the Eagle's Point apartments north of USF. Four men were tied up and four women were raped.

In the Cambridge Woods attack, Larry McKinnon with the Sheriff's Office says their first word of the attack came when the female victims showed up at Florida Hospital. They went to the apartment and found four men in the process of freeing themselves.

Shortly after that attack, a woman who lives at the Eagle's Point apartments, inside the city of Tampa, says the man forced his way into her home. She pleaded with him to leave, according to Tampa police, and he did.

At the Oaks apartments, across 42nd Street from Cambridge Woods, he forced 25 people at a party into a bedroom at gunpoint, fired a shot into the ground and left. Then he fired at a man who was running into an apartment. None of the bullets struck the man.

Here's raw footage from the end of the car chase courtesy of FOX 13


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