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Who is Charlie Christopher Bates?

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Police and deputies have identified the suspect in last night's string of robberies and rapes as Charlie Christopher Bates, 24. He was killed after a chase and shootout with law enforcement this afternoon.

Bates' only arrest on record in Hillsborough County is a domestic violence battery from 2009, but police say he sexually battered four women after tying up four men at a USF-area apartment complex last night, then rounded up 25 people at gunpoint at a nearby party.

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Detectives found a cell phone that they initially thought might have belonged to the possible murder victim, but they later determined that was not the case.

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