Officers arrested a man who led five different law enforcement teams on a nearly four-and-a-half hour manhunt in Palo Alto Monday, according to Palo Alto police. Police first received reports of a possible fraudulent transaction in progress at the Bank of America at 530 Lytton Avenue, police said. Bank employees gave dispatchers a description of the suspect, who walked away from the bank as officers were arriving at 5:12 p.m. The suspect fled after seeing the officers and was pursued on foot until he hopped a fence in the 300 black of Cowper Street, according to police.
Officers then set up a perimeter and began a yard-to-yard search for the suspect. Further investigation into the possible fraudulent transaction at the bank revealed that the suspect might have a warrant for his arrest out of Oklahoma for a sex crime against a minor, according to police. Officers from the Menlo Park Police Department, deputies from the Stanford University Department of Public Safety, and canine teams from the Atherton Police Department and the Los Altos Police Department all joined a canine unit from the Palo Alto police to help with the search.
The Palo Alto Police Department used the AlertSCC phone notification system to send recorded messages to 286 homes and businesses in the neighborhood. Residents can sign up for the system for free at www.alertscc.com After nearly four-and-a-half hours, an officer stationed in the 500 block of Everett Court saw the suspect walking out of a home with the homeowner, police said. The suspect fled as the officer approached him and was quickly arrested by another nearby officer without incident.
Paramedics treated the suspect at the scene for minor cuts he likely received during his fleeing attempts. The homeowner, a man in his 60s, explained to police that the suspect entered his yard with minor injuries saying that he had been “jumped” and that people were looking for him. The homeowner invited the suspect inside where he engaged the homeowner in conversation, befriended him, and solicited a meal from him, according to police.
The homeowner claims he received the recorded AlertSCC message while the suspect was in his home, but didn’t think the man matched the description of the wanted suspect. The suspect eventually convinced the homeowner to take him either to San Francisco or a train station, which is when the two left the house and were spotted by police. Interviews with the homeowner have led the police to believe that he had no intention to harbor the suspect and that he had no idea the suspect was connected to the manhunt in the neighborhood.
Follow-up investigations revealed that the outstanding warrant from Oklahoma did in fact belong to the suspect, who was identified as Dominique Arnett Tab, 35, of San Francisco. Tabb was booked into the Santa Clara County Main Jail pursuant to the warrant, and also for felony check fraud and misdemeanor resisting arrest. Police urge residents not to allow strangers into their homes.
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