Malik Dosouqi, the suspect in two separate homicides on Skyline Boulevard near Woodside on July 17 and 18, declined to enter a plea at his arraignment in San Mateo County Superior Court on Monday.
The case was reset for entry of a plea on July 8 at 1:30 p.m., and Dosouqi will be held on no bail, according to San Mateo County District Attorney Stephen Wagstaffe.
Dosouqi has been charged with two murder counts in the deaths of cab driver Abdulmalik Nasher of Pacifica and tow truck driver John Pekipaki of East Palo Alto, and five other felony counts, including two counts each of assault with a deadly weapon and infliction of great bodily injury, and one count of special circumstances for multiple murders.
The story began the evening of June 17 when San Mateo County sheriff's deputies found the body of Nasher, 32, a cab driver who had reportedly been called to the remote location on Skyline Boulevard near Reid's Roost Road to pick up a fare.
Nasher was stabbed multiple times, according to the Sheriff's Office.
The next evening, deputies investigating Nasher's death heard cries for help from Pekipaki, 31, who was also found with multiple stab wounds and died at the scene.
Dosouqi was arrested after he allegedly drove his car at deputies, who shot at him and then captured him after he drove into a ditch.
Dosouqi was taken to the hospital for an arm laceration before he was released late Thursday and booked into San Mateo County Jail.
Sheriff's Office investigators are still trying to determine a motive and whether the two slayings are linked.
If convicted, Dosouqi could face the death penalty or life in prison without parole, Wagstaffe said.
Nasher was a Yemeni-American who is remembered for his love for his home country and his contributions to the Yemeni community, said Mansoor Ismael, the Yemeni consul general based in San Francisco. Nasher had a wife and a young daughter, he said.
"He was very well-known in the community, and if you needed him for anything he would always be there to help," he said.
More than 1,000 people attended Nasher's funeral on Saturday at a mosque in South San Francisco, said Museed Salah of San Francisco, who worked with Nasher at the Daly City Cab Co. and now works for Uber and Lyft.
"The Yemeni community is very close," he said. "I saw a lot of people, cousins, uncles, everybody knows everybody."
Salah said he's certain Nasher and Dosouqi did not know each other.
"Cab drivers are in a bad situation," Salah said. "Very vulnerable. He was my friend. Very bad situation for everybody from Yemen."
Pekipaki, was a driver for Specialty Towing in East Palo Alto who had been called to the scene late in the evening of June 18 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.
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. He was the father of two young children, she said.
"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."
Dosouqi told ABC-Channel 7 News from jail over the weekend that he was "wrongfully accused" of the two homicides, according to Channel 7.
He said he planned to prove his innocence "by getting a lawyer" and that he didn't remember anything except "waking up in the hospital."
Dosouqi said he didn't recall driving on Skyline Boulevard either night. When asked if he knew Nasher or Pekipaki, he shook his head and said no, according to the ABC-7 report.
When he was shown a photo of his parents, Dosouqi said he didn't recognize them and hadn't spoken to his family, according to Channel 7.
Wagstaffe said that Dosouqi was represented in court by a private lawyer, but had mentioned representing himself.
"If he said something in the (jailhouse interview) that he hadn't told investigators, we could use that," he said. "Journalists don't have to read him his Miranda rights."