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Suspect in Tampa home invasions, assaults caught

September 6, 2013
Associated Press

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Tampa Bay area authorities say they have apprehended a man suspected in several violent home invasions and sexual assaults overnight that led to a massive manhunt and the partial lockdown of several schools.

The Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office says in a news release that the suspect was captured Friday and had been shot at least once. He was identified at a news conference earlier in the day as 24-year-old Charlie Bates.

Bates is suspected in the crime spree near the University of South Florida is also a suspect in two earlier home invasions and assaults in Tampa.

The news release says the suspect was spotted in a vehicle just north of Interstate 4. His medical condition is unclear.



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