A 59-year-old Uber Eats driver named Randall Cooke was brutally murdered by a “demonic” MS-13 gang member for no apparent reason.
Oscar Solis, 30, is a paroled member of the violent street gang MS-13. He is a repeat felon with a lengthy rap sheet, including battery, resisting arrest, stabbing a fellow inmate in prison, and assault and burglary.
After reserving four years in Indiana for the assault and burglary charges, Soli moved to Florida in January and has reportedly been working as a security guard for a strip club.
On the night of April 19, Cooke was making deliveries for the food delivery service Uber Eats.
According to Pasco County Sheriff Chris Nocco, Cooke delivered food to Solis’ home, where he was “yanked” into the house, murdered, and dismembered.
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After not hearing from him for a while, Cooke’s wife grew concerned and contacted the police to report him missing later that same night.
Uber Eats provided investigators with Cooke’s final movements, leading them to Solis’ address. The day following the disappearance, police went to the house where Cooke was last seen, but no one answered the door so the officers left.
The next day, April 21, law enforcement was finally able to reach the home’s owner, who gave them surveillance footage from the previous days. This footage showed Cooke being pulled into the home and Solis was later seen carrying trash bags around to the side of the house with another person.
Nocco reported law enforcement’s findings at a press conference, saying, “Unfortunately, what we found inside some of those trash bags were human remains.”
Immediately after discovering the horrific contents of the trash bags, Solis was arrested and charged with failing to register in Pasco County as a felon, giving investigators time to gather sufficient evidence to charge him with murder.
The investigators discovered blood throughout Solis’ home, and a key fob belonging to Cooke on Solis’ dresser, which was on top of Cooke’s wallet. Cooke’s wedding ring was also uncovered in the trash bags containing his remains.
So far in the investigation, investigators have yet to determine a connection between the two men or a motive for the murder.
“I keep asking what’s the connection? This was absolutely a horrific crime… But at the same time, we couldn’t answer the question: ‘Why?'” Nocco said.
“All that appears is there was a gentleman who was working, he was doing his last delivery for the night, and this person killed him.”
“This was a horrific crime of passion,” Nocco told reporters. “This was dmeonic. What he did was demonic.”
The sheriff expressed his anger towards the murderer and the fact that he was sent down to Florida in the first place.
“You’re talking about a violent individual that Indiana released and sent down to Florida,” said Nocco. “They released him on parole. Unfortunately, now we have a hardworking guy, a loving husband, who is no longer with us because this violent individual killed him.”
During the press conference, Nocco acknowledged Cooke’s grieving wife, saying that “she did everything she could” but “evil just came.”
“He was just a guy trying to make a living for his family,” Nocco said.
Cooke, who was also a graphic designer, had two stepdaughters. According to one of his stepdaughters, Brittany Dzoba, he began working for Uber Eats so his family could continue to live by the sea.
On a GoFundMe page set up to pay for his funeral, Cooke is described as having a “heart of gold.”