Authorities have identified the suspect arrested early Wednesday morning for allegedly killing a man found Tuesday night on Skyline Boulevard near where another stabbing victim was found the night before as Malik Dosouqi, 26, of Pacifica.
The victim has been identified as John Sione Pekipaki, 31, whose town of residence is unknown.
Bay Area news sources have reported more information about Abdulmalek Nasher of Pacifica and Pekipaki, the two apparent murder victims whose bodies were found near Skyline Boulevard late in the evenings of June 17 and 18.
Nasher, 32, was a Yemeni-American cab driver who received a work call to go to the Skyline Boulevard location late in the evening of June 17.
Nasher is remembered for his love for his home country of Yemen and his contibutions to the Yemeni community, according to Mansoor Ismael, the Yemeni Consul General based in San Francisco.
Nasher worked as an independent driver providing for his wife and his young daughter, Mansoor said.
His funeral will be Saturday at a mosque in South San Francisco.
Pekipaki was a tow truck driver for Specialty Towing in East Palo Alto who had been called to the scene late in the evening of June 18 in order to help a stranded motorist, according to Lene Lauese, the office manager for Sunrise Towing, which is located next door to the Specialty Towing office in East Palo Alto.
Lauese said she had received a call from an unidentified person on Skyline Boulevard, that night but had to tell him that all her trucks were busy.
"He said he needed assistance, that he was stuck in a ditch but we weren't available," she said. "It could have been one of my employees who went up there."
The next morning Lauese found out that Specialty had sent Pekipaki out on the call and that he had been killed.
“It was foggy up there when he arrived and he couldn't find the person who called for service,” Lauese said. “He told the receptionist he was going to leave and go back to Redwood City.”
Arresting the suspect
On Tuesday night, deputies investigating Nasher's death heard a man calling for help just before midnight. They found Pekipaki lying on the ground in a turnout off Skyline, according to a Sheriff's Office news release.
San Mateo County sheriff's deputies arrested Dosouqi as he fled the scene of the second stabbing in a vehicle shortly after midnight. Pekipaki died of his injuries at the scene.
"A deputy fired at the oncoming vehicle which was driving towards the victim and both deputies. The suspect was not hit by gunfire, but the vehicle went off the roadway into a ditch. The suspect was taken into custody and is receiving medical care for a laceration to his arm," according to the release.
He will be booked into the San Mateo County Jail once he is medically cleared, according to the Sheriff's Office.
The two slayings happened in close proximity to each other, according to the Sheriff's Office, and investigators are "actively looking into a connection" between them.
San Mateo County District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe confirmed an incident from earlier this year involving the suspect. On March 14, sheriff’s deputies were called because Dosouqi was walking in the middle of the highway trying to touch motorists. It happened on Highway 1 at Coronado Avenue in El Granada, north of Half Moon Bay.
Wagstaffe said that Dosouqi could be released from the hospital Friday or this weekend and if he is he would be booked into San Mateo County Jail and be eligible for prosecution on Monday.
The Sheriff's office is trying to determine if the suspect had prior contact with the two murder victims. At this point there is no evidence that Dosouqi knew them, Wagstaffe said.
Lauese said that Pekipaki appeared to be a caring man who was loyal to his family and worked hard for his kids.
Pekipaki's Facebook page contains several references to how much he loved his daughter.
"He was touched and loved by so many people," Lauese said. "It's shock that he was killed doing his job."
A student named John Pekipaki attended Alta Vista High Continuation High School in Mountain View, according to Principal Bill Pierce and Pekipaki's Facebook page indicated that he graduated from Mountain View High in 2005.
Search for the killer
After the first victim was found by a deputy who was driving down Skyline Monday night, the search for the killer included the use of tracking dogs, two SWAT teams, a helicopter and a fixed-wing aircraft, the news release says. Residents in the area were asked to shelter in place and not open the door of their home to anyone they didn't know or who wasn't a law enforcement officer.
The investigation continued, and evidence discovered during that time led deputies back to the scene to look for more evidence last night; they found the second victim at around 11:55 p.m.
Skyline Boulevard was closed in both directions between Swett and Reids Roost roads much of Tuesday morning, and closed again early Wednesday morning for investigation of the deaths. It was reopened Wednesday afternoon.