Gentleman Goes on Violent Crime Spree, Goes Out in Hail of Bullets
A 24-year-old Florida man is dead after committing a string of robberies and rapes before leading cops on a high speed chase this afternoon in Tampa. Tuesday night police say Charlie Christopher Bates broke 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. Then last night he broke into a home where several people were watching the football game. He tied up the men, held them at gunpoint and raped four women inside. Shortly there after, he broke into a woman's apartment and attempted to rape her, but left without harming her because she began "praying and citing Biblical scripture." Then he broke into a nearby apartment where 25 people were having a party. The sheriff's office says he forced them all into a bedroom, held them at gunpoint, and even fired shots. Police have linked Christopher, who was convicted of domestic violence battery from 2009, with several other home invasions. This afternoon, cops spotted Christopher and gave chase. He shot out the back window and fired at cops, who returned fire, killing him. In the end he got what he wanted because this is Florida, after all.
Here's the raw video of the shootout with police.
This is an interview with woman who prayed escaped by praying with Christopher. She says: "We read the Bible together. I offered to give it to him. He wouldn't take it, because he said he wouldn't live through the night. So, I ripped out a passage. John 3:16 for God so loved the world and I gave it to him." Then she reveals Christopher tried to give her his gun and asked her to shoot him dead.
source: WTVT | WFTS