Updated 2:30 p.m.: San Mateo County Sheriff’s investigators have made an arrest following what they think are two murders in as many days on a remote stretch of Skyline Boulevard.
Pacifica resident, 26-year-old Malik Dosouqui, was arrested as a suspect in at least one homicide. He is currently receiving medical care for a laceration to his arm after he was found in a ditch by San Mateo County Sheriff's deputies. Once he is treated, Dosouqui will be booked into San Mateo County jail, according to Sheriff's spokeswoman Lt. Stephanie Josephson.
The chain of events began at 11:09 p.m. on Monday, June 17, when a passing deputy on patrol reportedly spotted a man lying in the dirt west of Skyline and just north of Reid’s Roost Road in unincorporated San Mateo County. The man later identified as Abdulmalek Naji Nasher, a 32-year-old Pacifica resident and taxi cab driver, had been stabbed and was dead.
A massive search was conducted, including two county SWAT teams and several tracking dogs, authorities say. They dispatched deputies, a helicopter and an airplane in a search for a suspect that continued through the night. No suspect was located, but investigators say they did find evidence of the crime.
For reasons that are not immediately clear, detectives sent patrol deputies back to the area at 11 p.m. on Tuesday, June 18. According to a department press release, those deputies heard a man calling for help. They found him, suffering from stab wounds and lying on the ground in a turnout off of Skyline Boulevard. That victim ultimately died from his wounds, the release states. The man was identified on June 19 by the Sheriff's Office as 31-year-old John Sione Pekipaki.
While tending to the second murder victim in two days, deputies say another man attempted to flee the scene in a vehicle. A deputy fired at the oncoming vehicle. The suspect, later identified as Dosouqui, was not hit by gunfire but swerved off the roadway into a ditch.
The portion of Skyline Boulevard between Reids Roost Road and Swett Road in unincorporated San Mateo County west of Woodside reopened to traffic at about 2:30 p.m. on June 19, after being closed for several hours while law enforcement continued their investigation in the area.
Because of the proximity of the deaths, investigators are looking for a connection between the two homicides.