Murder Investigation

Who:
Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office
Patrol Operations Bureau
Investigative Operations Bureau
  - Robbery/Homicide Unit
Support Services Bureau
  -Forensic Science Division

Pinellas Park Police Department

Rain Resuli (Arrested)
DOB: 08/23/1999
Address: 1736 Golf View Drive, Belleair
Charges: One count of First Degree Murder, one count of Grand Theft Auto and one count of Burglary to an Unoccupied Dwelling.

Victim: 49-year-old male. Per Florida Statute 415.107(1) no further details will be released that would tend to identify the victim.
              
What:
Detectives assigned to the Robbery/Homicide Unit have charged a Belleair man with first degree murder of a missing Safety Harbor man.

When:
The victim was reported missing to the Pinellas Park Police Department at 11:33 p.m. on Wednesday, April 22, 2020.

Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office deputies located the missing man deceased inside of his truck at about 7:27 p.m. on Tuesday, May 5, 2020.

The suspect was arrested by Pinellas County Sheriff detectives at 1:30 p.m. on Thursday, May 7, 2020.

Where:
Detectives located the deceased’s truck parked behind a business located at 7895 Seminole Boulevard in Seminole.

How/Why:
On Wednesday, April 22, 2020, at approximately 11:33 p.m., a Pinellas Park police officer responded to a residence, after a 49-year-old man was reported missing. The man never reached his destination after leaving a friend’s house in Pinellas Park. Pinellas Park Police Department took a report and began a missing person investigation.

On Tuesday, May 5, 2020, at approximately 7:27 p.m., deputies were dispatched to an abandoned truck parked behind a business at 7895 Seminole Boulevard in Seminole. When deputies arrived on the scene, they discovered a deceased male inside the truck, later determined to be the missing man.  

According to detectives, the victim died from multiple gunshot wounds.

Through various investigative techniques, detectives learned that 20-year-old Rain Resuli was the last person to meet with the victim.  

Detectives say, Resuli murdered the victim at about 12:00 p.m. during an arranged meeting they had scheduled in Largo. Resuli then drove the victim’s truck to the victim’s home in Safety Harbor and burglarized the residence.

After the burglary, Resuli drove the victim’s truck to Seminole and parked it behind a business at 7895 Seminole Boulevard with the victim inside.

Detectives arrested Resuli at 1:30 p.m. on Thursday, May 7, 2020, and charged him with one count of First Degree Murder, one count of Grand Theft Auto, and one count of Burglary to an Unoccupied Dwelling.

Resuli was interviewed by detectives at the Sheriff’s Administration Building located at 10750 Ulmerton Road in Largo before being transported and booked at the Pinellas County Jail.

Next of kin has been notified and has requested to remain confidential under Florida’s Amendment 6.

The investigation continues.

Posted by Chuck Skipper Thursday, May 7, 2020 6:56:00 PM Categories: Death Investigations

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