An Uber Eats driver was killed and dismembered by an MS-13 gang member after delivering his food, police say

  • A man is accused of killing and dismembering an Uber Eats driver who was delivering food to his home.
  • The driver’s wife reported him missing after he failed to return home from making deliveries.
  • The local sheriff called the crime “demonic.”

STREET. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — A Florida man is charged with murder and other crimes in the murder and dismemberment of an Uber Eats driver who had delivered food to the shooter’s home, authorities said Tuesday.

Oscar Solis Jr., 30, is accused of killing the driver during a delivery Wednesday at a home in Holiday, Florida, Pasco County Sheriff Chris Nocco said at a news conference. The remains were found at the home in trash bags and a cooler, which also contained a receipt with Solis’s name on it, according to a police affidavit.

“This was a horrible crime of passion,” Nocco told reporters. “This was demonic. What he did was demonic.”

Solis faces charges of murder while participating in a robbery, failure to register as a convicted felon and a probation violation, jail records show. Solis was released from an Indiana prison in January after serving four years on a conviction for assault and robbery, Nocco said. He moved into the Florida home about three months ago.

The case comes amid several recent random shootings of people in the US who approached the homes of strangers, including a couple in Davie, Florida, whose car was shot while they were doing a Instacart delivery but it became the wrong input. They were not injured.

Jail records did not list an attorney who could speak on Solís’s behalf. A jailhouse mugshot shows Solis’s face covered in tattoos, and Nocco said he was affiliated with the violent MS-13 gang in Indiana.

In Florida, the 6-foot-4, 315-pound Solis worked security at a strip club, according to the affidavit.

Evidence collected in the case includes blood found in various places around the home and a key ring belonging to the victim that was found on Solís’ dresser, on top of his wallet. The affidavit also says that the victim’s car was found abandoned a short distance away, and inside was a garbage bag containing blood-soaked rags and towels, a Door Dash bag like the one the victim was carrying, and a time card from employment under the name of Solís.

Investigators also obtained surveillance video from the home showing the victim making a food delivery and, later, two Hispanic men carrying heavy garbage bags outside. The other man, who worked as Solís’ driver, has not been charged.

The victim had been reported missing by his wife after he never returned home from his Uber Eats deliveries. Uber told investigators the last reported location of the victim was at Solis’s home.

Pasco County is just north of Tampa, Florida, on the Gulf Coast.

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