A man who was suspected in several violent home invasions and sexual assaults overnight in the Tampa area was shot and killed by police after a chase ended in a shootout Friday morning, officials said.
Suspect Charlie Christopher Bates, 24, died at a nearby hospital at 1:21 p.m., the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office tweeted.
He was captured on US 301 just north of Interstate-4 after being spotted in an orange car and was shot at least once by officials, according to the sheriff’s office.
«We could not allow him (Charlie Christopher Bales) to go any further,» Sheriff David Gee said via the sheriff’s office twitter account.
No officers were injured in the shootout.
The manhunt left nearby public schools on a modified lockdown, meaning students were not allowed to partake in outdoor activities. The lockdown was cancelled following Bates’ capture.
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Officials had named Bates a suspect in an overnight crime spree near the University of South Florida, along with two earlier home invasions and assaults, at a Friday morning press conference.
The Thursday night spree began when Bates entered an apartment, bound four men and sexually assaulted four women, officials said. The four women had shown up at Florida Hospital saying they were all sexually assaulted by the same man, reported NBC affiliate WFLA. Deputies then found the men bound with duct tape in an apartment in Cambridge Woods, north of Fletcher Ave. on 42nd St., the station reported.
Deputies said Bates then went to a different apartment complex where he confronted a woman sitting outside and forced her inside at gunpoint, telling her to undress and kiss him. Bates’ attitude changed when the victim began reciting bible scriptures and praying for her attacker, deputies said. He apologized, gave her a shirt to cover up and began to pray with her. She ripped out pages from the Bible and gave them to Bates before he fled, and she called 911, deputies said.
A short while later, he entered an apartment through an open door at another apartment complex, where 25 people were attending a party, authorities said.
He forced the 25 people into a bedroom at gunpoint, firing at least one round into the carpet, deputies