Following a manhunt that lasted more than four hours Monday evening, Palo Alto police apprehended a man suspected of fraud, Dominique Arnett Tabb, who also had a separate warrant out for his arrest.
At about 5:09 p.m. police received a call from Bank of America at 530 Lytton Ave., reporting a possible fraudulent transaction in progress. Bank personnel gave dispatchers a description of Tabb, who walked out of the business as officers were arriving on the scene at about 5:12 p.m. The man immediately fled, and officers chased him on foot before he hopped over a fence in the 300 block of Cowper Street.
Police set up a perimeter between Middlefield Road, Cowper Street, and Lytton and Everett avenues and called in reinforcements, and started a yard-to-yard search. Three K-9 units picked up the suspect's scent from a yellow hard hat and lime-green shirt or vest he had discarded.
Police used AlertSCC, a telephone notification system, to notify the 280 residents and businesses in the neighborhood being searched, according to a department press release.
While the search was ongoing, initial investigations into the fraud at the bank revealed that Tabb may have had a warrant out of Oklahoma for a sex crime against a minor, Palo Alto Police spokesman Lt. Zach Perron said early Monday evening. There was no indication that Tabb was armed, Perron added.
After almost four hours, an officer stationed in the 500 block of Everett Court spotted Tabb, 35, of San Francisco, walking out of a home with the homeowner. The officer approached the two, at which point Tabb fled on foot again only to be stopped by a nearby officer. Tabb was arrested and booked into the Santa Clara County Main Jail for his arrest warrant, felony check fraud and misdemeanor resisting arrest.
Interviews with the homeowner, a man in his 60s, revealed that Tabb was in his yard and told him he had been attacked and that people were looking for him. The homeowner invited him into his house, where Tabb engaged him in conversation and solicited a meal. The homeowner received the AlertSCC message while Tabb was in his home but did not think the man matched the provided description. Arnett convinced the man to provide him with a ride so he could get home. When the two left the house to leave, the officer spotted Tabb.
Follow-up investigations confirmed that Tabb did have an outstanding warrant from Oklahoma.
Menlo Park police, deputies from Stanford University Department of Public Safety and K-9 teams from Atherton and Los Altos police departments assisted with the search.
Anyone with information pertaining to this case is asked to call the police department's 24-hour dispatch center at 650-329-2413, or sent anonymous tips by email to firstname.lastname@example.org or text message to 650-383-8984.