- Oscar Solis, a convicted felon and former MS-13 gang member, allegedly dismembered and murdered Uber Eats driver Randall Cooke for no apparent reason.
- Cooke was making his final delivery of the night when Solis lured him into his home and committed the brutal murder.
- Police were able to gather evidence through surveillance footage and found human remains in trash bags outside of Solis’ residence.
In a horrific and senseless act of violence, Oscar Solis, a former MS-13 gang member, allegedly dismembered and murdered 59-year-old Uber Eats driver Randall Cooke in Florida. Cooke was making his final delivery of the night when Solis lured him into his home and committed the brutal murder.
Cooke’s wife became concerned when he did not respond to her texts and contacted the police to report him missing.
Through the help of Uber Eats, investigators were able to track Cooke’s final location to a residential street address in Holiday, Florida. Upon investigating the property, they found nothing suspicious and no one answered the door.
It wasn’t until the following day when they returned to the property that they were able to make contact with an occupant of the home, who provided them with surveillance footage from the preceding days.
The video showed Cooke on the porch of Solis’ home the night of April 19 with the food order. The following day, Solis and another individual were seen carrying trash bags around the side of the residence.
Upon searching the trash bags, investigators found human remains. Solis was immediately arrested and charged with failing to register as a felon in Pasco County, and later charged with murder after investigators gathered enough evidence.
It is unclear what Solis’ motive was for committing the murder.
The two men did not appear to know each other, and Cooke was simply trying to make a living for his family. Cooke’s family and the community are outraged by the senseless act of violence committed by Solis, a convicted felon with a history of violent crimes.
The fact that Solis was a convicted felon and former gang member should have been enough to keep him off the streets and out of society. The justice system failed Randall Cooke and his family by allowing Solis to be paroled and move to Florida. We must take a tougher stance on violent criminals and ensure that they are not released back into society to commit heinous crimes such as this.
My heart goes out to Cooke’s family during this difficult time, and I pray that justice will be served.