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Posted: 9:07 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 17, 2013
OAKLAND, Calif. —
Oakland police have arrested prime suspect Randy Alana in the disappearance and death of federal criminal investigator Sandra Coke whose body was found in Vacaville more than two months ago.
The Alameda County District Attorney's Office says 56-year-old Alana, who had been in jail on a parole violation since Aug. 6, was booked Thursday on suspicion of murder and theft.
Alana was jailed two days after Coke was reported missing. Police said he violated parole by contacting the investigator, whom he briefly dated about 20 years ago.
Friends and police said she was last seen with Alana Aug. 4.
Alana denied harming Coke in a late August jailhouse interview with KTVU and said the two planned to marry.
When asked about being kept in custody, Alana replied "They haven't named me a suspect, but they've treated me like one."
Alana says he went to church with Coke on Sunday, August 4th. She disappeared that night. Police arrested Alana two days later.
While he wouldn't fill in the gaps in that timeline, Alana claimed he was calling Coke's phone numbers from jail until August 9th.
That's when search crews found a body of a woman in Vacaville off an Interstate 80 freeway ramp. The woman’s body was later identified as Coke.
When asked if he was responsible for Coke's death, he paused and replied: "I am completely innocent of any improprieties to do with this situation."
Alana said he dated Coke for 11 years, but the relationship ended ten years ago. In and out of prison, he said they reconnected in the last year and even planned to marry.
When talking about Coke, Alana said: "She was like an angel that floated out of heaven."
A frequent inmate at this jail and others, Alana said Coke went to great lengths to hide his criminal history from her family.
He lashed out at the media, including KTVU reporter Eric Rasmussen and the station, for reporting that he's been convicted of rape and is a registered sex-offender.
"They've made me out to be a [expletive] monster," said Alana. "When I see that, I don't even like myself."
Alana, whose arraignment is set for Friday, has an extensive criminal record.
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