San Mateo County Sheriff's deputies have been on Skyline Boulevard near Woodside two nights in a row for other purposes, and twice they've come upon murder scenes. It's still unclear if the incidents are connected, but it's been a strange couple of nights on this winding, remote, two-lane road.
The first body was found Monday night by a deputy who was in the area on an unrelated, non-emergency call. As KRON 4 reports, the deputy spotted the body along the side of the road around 11 p.m., and part of Skyline Blvd./Highway 35 was subsequently closed for an investigation. As ABC 7 noted, the body was found just north of Reid's Roost Road, and "A white car was towed from the scene to collect evidence." The victim was found with stab wounds, and the case was quickly deemed a homicide.
Officers from the San Mateo County Sheriff's Office and SWAT were still investigating that case on Tuesday night when, as KPIX/CBS 5 reports, they heard someone calling for help about 50 yards away. Deputies proceeded to a turnout along Skyline Boulevard and found a man suffering from stab wounds. That man subsequently died at the scene.
As ABC 7 reports, the officers simultaneously saw a car trying to flee the scene, and they believed it might be the suspect. The vehicle then drove toward the victim and the officers, and one officer fired at it. The suspect was not hit, but the car then drove into a ditch, and the suspect was taken into custody.
Investigators towed a white car from the scene to collect evidence. Anyone in the area is being asked to stay alert and report anything or anyone suspicious. @abc7newsbayarea pic.twitter.com/FFtVPHIDoZ— Jobina Fortson (@JobinaFortson) June 18, 2019
Neither the suspect nor the victim has been publicly identified in the second case.
The victim in the first case has been identified as 32-year-old Abdulmalek Nasher of Pacifica, a taxi driver for Skyline Yellow Cab. Family members tell ABC 7 they think maybe he "picked up a crazy person," and was possibly robbed. The car that was towed from the scene was apparently Mailk's cab.
The bizarre succession of stabbings in the same remote area suggests some connection, but that remains under investigation.
Skyline Blvd./Highway 35 remains closed between Reid's Roost and Swett roads.
Anyone with information about either case is asked to call the Sheriff's Office at (650) 363-4051.