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Who is Charlie Christopher Bates?

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TAMPA (FOX 13) -

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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On September 3, Bates is suspected of breaking into another home where a boyfriend and girlfriend were asleep. The suspect woke them at gunpoint and demanded money, then pistol-whipped the boyfriend and committed a sexual act on the girlfriend before fleeing the scene.

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