A second suspect in the September freeway shooting of a San Mateo man on his way to baby-sit his sister’s children appeared in court to face murder charges Friday.
“Burlingame police worked very strongly and aggressively putting this case together,” he said.
On Wednesday, prosecutors determined police had enough evidence to arrest Rabah, and Judge Lisa Novak signed a warrant.
Prosecutors believe Rabah was driving on Sept. 30 when passenger Doyal “Ali” Webber, 18, used Rabah’s gun to fatally shoot 25-year-old motorist Lon Dell Wilson on northbound U.S. Highway 101 in Burlingame.
Investigators say Rabah’s car and two others boxed in Wilson’s Honda after a traffic altercation. Webber, part of a group of young people driving from East Palo Alto into San Francisco for the night, allegedly shot at Wilson several times, hitting him at least once in the chest. Wilson, who did not know his attackers, died after his car ran off the road near the Broadway exit.
“Our belief is this is purely road rage,” Wagstaffe said Friday. “If you take angry teenagers carrying guns, that’s a pretty good recipe for great bodily injury or death to another human being,”
Bespectacled and wearing orange jail clothing, Rabah appeared before San Mateo County Superior Court Judge Stephanie Garratt but did not enter a plea. He was ordered to return to court Feb. 8. Prosecutor James Wade presented a disk to the judge containing 937 pages of evidence against Rabah.
Outside of court, Rabah’s attorney, Ian Loveseth, said he believes the gun belonged to someone else inside the car that night.
Both Rabah and Webber are eligible for the death penalty or life without parole if convicted of first- degree murder. Prosecutors have not yet decided whether to seek the death penalty, Wagstaffe said.
Wagstaffe declined to comment on whether there were more suspects in the crime.
Both Rabah and Webber remain in San Mateo County jail and have been denied bail. Webber, who was arrested in October after police released red-light camera photos of the cars, will appear in court Jan. 31 to set a preliminary hearing date.