The 26-year-old Pacifica man arrested as the suspect in two fatal stabbings this week is facing eight charges, including two counts each of murder, use of a deadly weapon, inflicting great bodily injury and special circumstances. Malik Dosouqi was booked into the San Mateo County jail on Thursday evening, according to the San Mateo County Sheriff’s Office.
The charges include a “special circumstance” charge because Dosouqi is being charged with multiple murders, said San Mateo County District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe.
“We are now trying to figure out why did he commit these murders. Right now it is just speculation,” Wagstaffe said.
With these charges, Dosouqi is subject to be sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole or the death penalty, according to Wagstaffe.
Dosouqi was previously charged with a misdemeanor in San Mateo County. He was charged with obstructing a police officer. In that case, prosecutors say he was walking on the lines of Highway 1 toward Pacifica when a deputy stopped him. They say he resisted the deputy and was arrested.
The case was resolved on May 31 when Dosouqi pleaded no contest and was ordered to pay a fine of $600.
More recently, Dosouqi was arrested after crashing his vehicle in a ditch on Skyline Boulevard while allegedly attempting to flee the scene of a second stabbing on Tuesday night.
San Mateo County Sheriff deputies shot at the vehicle Dosouqi was driving as he reportedly drove toward them. At the time, authorities were tending to 31-year-old San Jose resident John Sione Pekipaki. Pekipaki was found by law enforcement screaming for help after being stabbed. He died on the scene from his injuries.
The first stabbing occurred about 11 p.m. on Monday, June 17, in the same area of Skyline Boulevard near Reid’s Roost Road. The victim in that incident was 32-year-old Yemeni-American Abdulkarem Nasher of Pacifica.
Prosecutors say Dosouqi's family is Palestinian.
Dosouqi is currently in jail without bail and is expected to enter a plea at his arraignment at 1:30 p.m. on June 24 in Redwood City.
A previous version of this story had the incorrect ancestry of Dosouqi's family because of misinformation provided to the newspaper.