(UnitedVoice.com) – Uber Eats is a quick way for people to make some money. Unfortunately, it doesn’t come without risk. A Florida man’s family is now in mourning after his life was taken while he was working for the company.
On April 25, Pasco County Sheriff Chris Nocco held a press conference to notify the public about a murder that took place on April 19. Sometime around 2:30 p.m. that day, an Uber Eats driver, identified by family as 59-year-old Randall Cooke, dropped his wife off at home. He texted her throughout the day, and just before 7 p.m., he said he was going to make one last delivery.
Cooke delivered food to a home in Holiday and never left. Nocco told the community that he was not going to discuss in detail what happened because the driver’s family had to live with it. He described the murder as “demonic.”
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Nocco said Cooke was “right around the corner from his house” when he made his last delivery. When he didn’t come home, his wife reported him missing. During the first 48 hours, investigators went to the home where the driver last visited but didn’t see anything suspicious. On April 21, they went back to the home again and spoke to a roommate of a man named 30-year-old Oscar Adrian Solis.
The roommate gave law enforcement a video from a camera located by the front door. It showed Cooke walking up to the home and then being pulled inside. According to police, Solis allegedly tried to rob the driver, then the video ended. The next day, video showed the suspect and another person carrying trash bags out of the house. Deputies found the bags and discovered human remains. The Pinellas-Pasco Medical Examiner’s Office identified them as belonging to Cooke.
Police arrested Solis for failing to register as a felon and violating his parole. Nocco said he just moved to Florida in January from Indiana. The suspect’s face was tattooed, including a “13.” The sheriff said he was affiliated with MS-13 in Indiana. He had a long record, including stabbing someone while in prison.
Nocco promised to bring justice to Cooke’s family. Solis is being held without bond.
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