'Demonic' gang member arrested over the murder and dismemberment of Uber Eats driver

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By James Kay

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A man has been arrested following a "demonic" murder and dismemberment of an Uber Eats driver in Florida after the victim's remains were found at his home.

Oscar Solis, 30, was arrested and charged on Monday (April 24) after investigators found the remains of the deceased delivery driver in trash bags at his residence, per CNN.

As per the outlet, Solis is part of the MS-13 gang which has a history of violence and international ties to human and drugs trafficking.

An affidavit has identified the deceased as 59-year-old Randall William Cooke, who was not far from his own home on the night of the attack before he decided to make one last delivery.

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The alleged murdered Oscar Solis. Credit: Pasco County Jail

He had been in contact with his wife throughout the evening, and her concern for his well-being spiked when she stopped responding to text messages, resulting in her reporting him missing.

GPS data provided by Uber showed that Cooke's last known location was at Solis' home in Holiday, 30 miles Northwest of Tampa.

According to the criminal complaint, surveillance footage captured the delivery driver outside of the home at around 06:56PM, but the video soon cuts off.

Additional cameras showed Solis the following day carrying trash bags outside of his home with the assistance of an unnamed person - with some of the bags appearing heavy and needing to be dragged.

Investigators found human remains inside the bags which were later identified to be Cooke's, as well as Solis' bloodstained clothes that were stuffed with remains.

"I’m not going to get into how gruesome this case was," Pasco County Sheriff Chris Nocco said in a news conference. "This individual is – what he did was demonic."

Investigations into the murder have led authorities to believe that Solis had attempted to rob the delivery driver but ended up killing him.

Further investigations of the home uncovered blood in various rooms with authorities believing that attempts to clean it using a mop had been made.

Cooke's care was located a third of a mile away from Solis' home and inside there were bags full of blood-soaked materials as well as the Uber Eats delivery bag.

Nocco went on: "All it appears is that there was a gentleman who was working, he was doing his last delivery of the night, and this person killed him for no reason, and he took him away from his family."

He added that Solis had recently been released from an Indiana prison after a four-year stint for assault and burglary charges.

In a statement to CNN, Uber said: "We are heartbroken by the news of this horrific crime," before adding: "[There is no reason why the victim] shouldn’t be home with his family today, and we are keeping his loved ones in our thoughts.

"We have been in close contact with the Pasco County Sheriff’s Office throughout their investigation and thank them for their dedication to this case."

Our thoughts are with Cooke's loved ones at this time.

Featured image credit: Pasco County Jail

'Demonic' gang member arrested over the murder and dismemberment of Uber Eats driver

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By James Kay

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A man has been arrested following a "demonic" murder and dismemberment of an Uber Eats driver in Florida after the victim's remains were found at his home.

Oscar Solis, 30, was arrested and charged on Monday (April 24) after investigators found the remains of the deceased delivery driver in trash bags at his residence, per CNN.

As per the outlet, Solis is part of the MS-13 gang which has a history of violence and international ties to human and drugs trafficking.

An affidavit has identified the deceased as 59-year-old Randall William Cooke, who was not far from his own home on the night of the attack before he decided to make one last delivery.

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The alleged murdered Oscar Solis. Credit: Pasco County Jail

He had been in contact with his wife throughout the evening, and her concern for his well-being spiked when she stopped responding to text messages, resulting in her reporting him missing.

GPS data provided by Uber showed that Cooke's last known location was at Solis' home in Holiday, 30 miles Northwest of Tampa.

According to the criminal complaint, surveillance footage captured the delivery driver outside of the home at around 06:56PM, but the video soon cuts off.

Additional cameras showed Solis the following day carrying trash bags outside of his home with the assistance of an unnamed person - with some of the bags appearing heavy and needing to be dragged.

Investigators found human remains inside the bags which were later identified to be Cooke's, as well as Solis' bloodstained clothes that were stuffed with remains.

"I’m not going to get into how gruesome this case was," Pasco County Sheriff Chris Nocco said in a news conference. "This individual is – what he did was demonic."

Investigations into the murder have led authorities to believe that Solis had attempted to rob the delivery driver but ended up killing him.

Further investigations of the home uncovered blood in various rooms with authorities believing that attempts to clean it using a mop had been made.

Cooke's care was located a third of a mile away from Solis' home and inside there were bags full of blood-soaked materials as well as the Uber Eats delivery bag.

Nocco went on: "All it appears is that there was a gentleman who was working, he was doing his last delivery of the night, and this person killed him for no reason, and he took him away from his family."

He added that Solis had recently been released from an Indiana prison after a four-year stint for assault and burglary charges.

In a statement to CNN, Uber said: "We are heartbroken by the news of this horrific crime," before adding: "[There is no reason why the victim] shouldn’t be home with his family today, and we are keeping his loved ones in our thoughts.

"We have been in close contact with the Pasco County Sheriff’s Office throughout their investigation and thank them for their dedication to this case."

Our thoughts are with Cooke's loved ones at this time.

Featured image credit: Pasco County Jail