Woodside: Murder suspect named; second slaying victim was a tow truck driver

Tuesday night's stabbing death was near the scene of where first homicide victim was found the night before

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.


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Posted by resident
a resident of Menlo Park: other
on Jun 19, 2019 at 12:43 pm

What's going on up there? Is there a hidden drug lab or pot farm up on Skyline?

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Posted by gettin' crazy
a resident of Woodside: Family Farm/Hidden Valley
on Jun 19, 2019 at 1:19 pm

> Is there a hidden drug lab or pot farm up on Skyline?

But only for the last couple decades. (just being *slightly* snarky)

Very curious about the rest of the story as it comes out.

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Posted by fwiw
a resident of Woodside: other
on Jun 19, 2019 at 9:39 pm

HMB Review has some more details. Apparently the first victim was a cab driver who had been dispatched to ferry a passenger from the Pacifica area, Malik Dosouqi. Dosouqi allegedly stabbed Nasher whose body was discoverd by an officer an hour later. The second victim, John Sione Pekipaki, was a tow truck driver from Specialty Towing in Redwood City who had received a call to assist a stranded vehicle on Skyline but was unable to locate the vehicle. Dosouqi is alleged to have stabbed Pekipaki during this period.

On a completely speculative note (without a shred of evidence), I would guess that Dosoqui realized that any ride sharing service would have an alert for a murderer on the loose in the area. So a call to the tow driver was a potential method to get a ride out of the area.

On a confusing note, the articles reference Dosoqui as driving a BMW toward the officer who fired his gun at the vehicle. How did Dosoqui gain access to the bmw? Was it stolen from the vicinity? Why hadn't Dosoqui just driven the bmw away already? Apparently officers did recover the murder weapon at the scene which will make for a strong case.

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Posted by Tripp Road
a resident of Woodside: other
on Jun 20, 2019 at 7:13 pm

This article strongly implies the BMW was owned by the suspect and he hired the cab driver to help drop off the BMW at the remote location along Skyline. If the BMW could be driven away it calls into serious question why he would need to call a tow truck driver for transport.

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Posted by Fwiw
a resident of Woodside: other
on Jun 21, 2019 at 12:40 pm

Putting aside the fact that this guy was a psycho nutjob, none of the timeline makes any sense. The cab driver reportedly left his home in Pacifica at about 10pm and was discovered murdered on Skyline somewhat more than an hour later. Then the next evening (almost 24 hours later) a tow truck gets a dispatch call to go to skyline where that driver is then fatally stabbed. Police arrive at 11pm -ish presumably to investigate the morning from the tow driver(though why the came back is not explicitly explained) and the psycho killer drives a BMW at them, so they shoot at him. If the BMW was driveable why didn't he drive away after the first murder?

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Posted by Fwiw
a resident of Woodside: other
on Jun 21, 2019 at 12:45 pm

(moaning from the driver) not morning....

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