A 20-year-old Belleair man accused of murder is in jail thanks in part to his organizational skills.
Rain Resuli left behind a handwritten list that deputies say links him to the deadly ambush and robbery of a 49-year-old Safety Harbor man last month.
“TAKE KEYS + GUN + PHONE (HIS CELL!)!!! + MONEY + MORE PERSONAL THINGS WEED (ALL OF IT)," read the note deputies said they found in Resuli’s bedroom. “SOME PARAPHERNALIA CUT CAMERA CORD TAKE HIS PHONE LOOK FOR WITNESSES/CAMERAS.”
Resuli was arrested Thursday on charges of first-degree murder, grand theft auto and burglary of an unoccupied dwelling, according to the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office.
Deputies didn’t realize a recent missing person case was actually a homicide case until Tuesday night. That’s when Pinellas deputies were sent to Seminole to investigate a report of an abandoned truck left behind a medical office at 7895 Seminole Boulevard.
Inside, deputies said they found the body of the missing Safety Harbor man. He had been shot several times.
The name of the Safety Harbor victim was withheld by the Sheriff’s Office at the request of his family under Marsy’s Law, a constitutional amendment that is supposed to protect crime victims.
The Safety Harbor man was reported missing to the Pinellas Park Police Department on April 22 at about 11:33 p.m. He had left a friend’s house but never reached his destination.
Here, the Sheriff’s Office said, is what happened to the missing man:
On the night of April 22, he met Resuli in an empty lot next to 1901 W Bay Drive, near Largo Medical Center, at about 11:45 p.m. Resuli arranged the meeting to rob the victim, deputies said.
The Safety Harbor man was sitting in the driver’s seat of his truck when deputies said Resuli shot and killed him.
Resulit then moved the body to the truck’s back seat, deputies said, and drove it to the victim’s home. He robbed the house and left with a suitcase and a rifle case, the Sheriff’s Office said.
Despite writing “LOOK FOR WITNESSES/CAMERAS” on his list, deputies said a surveillance camera caught Resuli entering the home for 12 minutes. Then he abandoned the truck, with the victim still inside, behind the Seminole office. The truck wasn’t discovered for 13 days.
Deputies obtained a search warrant for Resuli’s home and said they found the handwritten list in his bedroom. Resuli was interviewed by sheriff’s detectives on Thursday and arrested. He was booked into the Pinellas County jail, where he was being held Saturday without bail.