Palo Alto police arrest man suspected of fraud after manhunt

Suspect chased into neighborhood Monday around 5 p.m.

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 or text message to 650-383-8984.

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Posted by Resident
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Sep 29, 2014 at 7:51 pm

Has this been alerted on CANS?

Good luck PAPD - go catch him.

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Posted by Dtn
a resident of Downtown North
on Sep 29, 2014 at 8:30 pm

No they didn't even send a note out to the downtown north people. I hope they catch him and let us all know

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Posted by Ann
a resident of Downtown North
on Sep 29, 2014 at 9:33 pm

It is now 9:33pm. Does anyone have up to date information? Someone called me from Lytton Gardens about an hour ago and told me that residents there have been told to lock their doors and windows. I would like to know if this person is dangerous? Anyone know? And yes, why haven't the police left a messages for us?

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Posted by Ann
a resident of Downtown North
on Sep 29, 2014 at 9:39 pm

Just called the police and the situation has been resolved. The man has been found.

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Posted by Update
a resident of Downtown North
on Sep 29, 2014 at 10:54 pm

They arrested him just a bit ago

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Posted by They didnt use CANS
a resident of another community
on Sep 29, 2014 at 11:21 pm

Police used AlertSCC to inform the community about the situation, Perron said. A total of 286 notifications were issued. To sign up for the free emergency alert service, visit

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Posted by Resident
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Sep 30, 2014 at 7:09 am

I was alerted last year about the news of the pancake breakfast. I was not alerted last night.

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Posted by really?
a resident of Barron Park
on Sep 30, 2014 at 9:42 am

Good job papd! Shocked to see more comments about the alertscc than kudos, or anything else about this incident... Sounds like the police did what they could and even needed several other agencies to help, our responsibility to sign up to receive the alerts.

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Posted by jaded1
a resident of another community
on Sep 30, 2014 at 9:53 am

Man who let this guy into his house and fed him a meal: Um, wow, you are a very nice person (thank you for being such a great Samaritan, and not to seem jaded, but, please becareful)!!!

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Posted by Mr.Recycle
a resident of Duveneck/St. Francis
on Sep 30, 2014 at 12:25 pm

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Posted by Kris
a resident of Adobe-Meadow
on Sep 30, 2014 at 1:33 pm

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Posted by Resident
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Sep 30, 2014 at 3:04 pm

Yes, it is important to talk about the emergency system in this case.

This guy was suspicious and evading police capture. He ran into a residential neighborhood. We have no idea if he was dangerous, if he was armed, if he had an accomplice, but we do know police were brought in and the hunt was on. For anybody either living or visiting in the neighborhood, or if this neighborhood was part of their route home, it was necessary to get the news out. It seems the alert did go out and that is good news.

The next thing to say in this case was that some dumb resident did one of the most foolish things in his life. Once again, a stranger in a backyard obviously injured when an alert had gone out says volumes, even if he didn't fit the exact description.

So an alert should go out and should be taken seriously. It is to alert us residents to be on our guard. It is also to alert us to avoid the area. It is without doubt a serious situation.

This homeowner not only did something foolish to his own safety, but also probably prolonged the police hunt.

I am pleased he was caught so quickly once he left the house. If it wasn't for the homeowner, he would probably have been caught much quicker. Well done PAPD.

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