Peninsula hills stabbings: Sheriff’s Office seeks more info on suspect’s past

The San Mateo County Sheriff’s Office is asking the public for help as investigators piece together the background of a Pacifica man charged with the murders of two men along Skyline Boulevard one month ago.

Detectives want to talk with any friends, neighbors, acquaintances or dating partners who have been in touch with 26-year-old Malik Dosouqi over the past year, and are particularly interested in hearing from taxi or rideshare drivers who may have had contact with him.

A booking photo of Malik Dosouqi, the 26-year-old Pacifica man arrested asthe suspect in the killings of two men along Skyline Boulevard in June, wasreleased Friday.(San Mateo County Sheriff’s Office) San Mateo County Sheriff’s Office

The first of the two victims, 32-year-old Abdulmalek Nagi Nasher, was a taxi driver whose family said he disappeared the night of June 17 after getting a call from a passenger requesting a ride down the California coast. Nasher was found dead hours later in a dirt parking lot off of Skyline Boulevard, about three miles north of the unincorporated area of Sky Londa.

Investigators are hoping to learn “anything that would give us a little more background into Malik’s life and what led up to these circumstances,” said Detective Rosemerry Blankswade, a spokeswoman for the Sheriff’s Office.

“We’re just trying to put more pieces together,” Blankswade said. “We really do want to hear from anybody who knew him or had contact with him.”

The Sheriff’s Office asked anyone with information to call its detective bureau at 650-599-1536, or its anonymous tip line at 1-800-547-2700.

Authorities on Friday also released Dosouqi’s booking photo, an image they had declined to make public for weeks after he was arrested.

Prosecutors have charged Dosouqi with two counts of murder, but the court case against him was put on hold Wednesday after the judge in the case questioned whether Dosouqi is mentally fit to stand trial. Dosouqi, who has insisted he is innocent and remains in custody, will be evaluated by two doctors and is due back in court for a hearing on his competency Aug. 30.

The night after Nasher was found dead, authorities said sheriff’s deputies tracking a cellphone related to the first killing returned to the scene after noticing the phone was back in the area. The deputies found a mortally wounded tow truck named driver John Sione Pekipaki there and said they saw Dosouqi driving at them; a deputy fired at the car, and while Dosouqi was not hit by the gunfire, he crashed the car and was arrested.

Authorities have said Nasher and Pekipaki were targeted at random. Blankswade said Friday that investigators continue to try to determine a motive for the killings.

“Right now we still are trying to find something that makes sense as far as the motivation behind this,” Blankswade said.