Randall Cooke dropped off his wife before beginning his Uber Eats deliveries on April 19 in Holiday, Pasco County, Florida.
According to Pasco County Sheriff Chirs Nocco, the couple was texting throughout the day until 7 pm when Cooke stopped replying.
Nocco said Cooke’s wife reported him missing to law enforcement officials, who obtained his last known location and coordinates from Uber.
Deputies responded to the address 3438 Moog Road in Holiday, Florida, where no one answered the door, and they did not observe any suspicious activity or evidence.
Two days later, on Friday, deputies returned to the home, and a roommate of 31-year-old Oscar Solis Jr came to the door.
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The roommate provided a video of Cooke delivering a food order at 6.55 pm when he disappeared, but the recording ended there, Nocco said.
Nocco said Solis attempted to rob the victim and ultimately killed him. No other individuals were at Solis’s home at the time of the murder. The victim and Solis did not know each other.
Deputies were originally called to investigate a body discovered in the Moog Rd. area on Friday, April 21, just after noon.
Deputies say that no cause of death or body identification could be determined at the time.
Through further investigation, and in working with the Pasco-Pinellas Medical Examiner, both identification and cause of death were determined over the weekend. The case was ruled a homicide at that point.
“This was a horrific crime of passion; this was demonic. What he did was demonic,’ said Nocco. ‘This person killed him for no reason.”
Investigators have determined that Solis pulled the victim into his home and attempted to rob him. This was captured on Solis’s home surveillance. After that, Solis murdered the victim and attempted to conceal the victim’s remains by putting his body in garbage bags and a cooler.
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Solis has a long criminal history in Indiana and was just released from an Indiana prison in January 2023 following an over four-year sentence for assault and burglary., according to Nocco.
Nocco said Solis was affiliated with MS-13 in Indiana and was also on parole.
Before this incident, Solis had no criminal history in Florida.
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