A man accused of murdering a woman in San Mateo, California allegedly posted a video of the crime on Facebook, leading to his arrest. The San Mateo Police Department received a report from someone who witnessed the stabbing on the social media platform and provided them with the suspect’s name and phone number. The suspect, identified as 39-year-old Mark Mechikoff, was located and arrested without incident. According to police, Mechikoff filmed the victim’s last moments and posted the video on Facebook before fleeing the area. He is expected to be charged with murder. Toofab Staff reported
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A man has been arrested in San Mateo, California after allegedly posting a video of himself murdering a woman on Facebook. The shocking footage led to his eventual capture by law enforcement.
The San Mateo Police Department received a call from authorities in Nevada who had been alerted to the crime by a witness on social media. The witness provided the name and phone number of the person who had posted the video, leading to the arrest.
The suspect, identified as 39-year-old Mark Mechikoff of Pacifica, CA, was apprehended by law enforcement.
The Larimer County Sheriff’s Office
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“The video contained disturbing scenes of violence and the suspect repeating incoherent statements,” said Ryan Lenahan, who claimed to have seen the footage.
Lenahan recalled commenting on the video, calling Mechikoff “sick” and expressing hopes of his arrest. He later received a call from the suspect, who rambled incoherently and appeared to be at the same location as the crime. Lenahan promptly contacted local police.
Following the disturbing phone call, Lenahan immediately contacted local law enforcement.
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Law enforcement traced Mechikoff’s phone to a large apartment complex in San Mateo, CA with the help of Nevada authorities. A thorough search of the complex was conducted, with officers going door to door to locate the victim and suspect.
Police eventually discovered the victim, identified as Claribel Estrella, deceased in her apartment. Mechikoff had already fled the scene but was apprehended within two hours. He was found in possession of the suspected murder weapon.
“While the motive for the stabbing is still under investigation, we know that Mechikoff callously filmed the victim’s final moments and shared the video on Facebook before fleeing the area,” stated the police in a press release.
According to ABC News, the victim has been identified as Claribel Estrella. The District Attorney’s office plans to charge Mechikoff with murder, along with additional charges for causing great bodily harm and using a knife.
“The video contained highly disturbing content,” said the spokesperson for the San Mateo Police Department. “Not only did a life tragically end, but the suspect went further by sharing the video. This behavior is deeply troubling.”