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Communications Department
250 Hamilton Ave
Palo Alto, CA 94301


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Police Arrest Suspect Following Extended Manhunt
Contact : Brian Philip, Detective Sergeant    650-329-2413
Dominique Arnett Tabb booking photo
Palo Alto, CA -- A nearly four-and-a-half hour police manhunt in the neighborhood north of downtown Palo Alto yesterday ended with the arrest of the suspect after an alert patrol officer spotted him emerging from a home within the search area under the unlikeliest of circumstances: as it turns out, the suspect had chatted for hours inside the residence after spontaneously befriending the homeowner.

On Monday, September 29, 2014, at about 5:09 p.m., our 24-hour dispatch center received a call reporting a possible fraudulent transaction in progress at the Bank of America at 530 Lytton Avenue.  Bank personnel gave dispatchers a description of the suspect, who walked out of the business as officers were arriving on scene at 5:12 p.m.  The suspect immediately fled, and officers gave chase on foot before the suspect hopped a fence in the 300 block of Cowper Street.  Officers set up a perimeter containment, called in reinforcements, and began to search for the suspect yard-to-yard.

While the search was ongoing, the investigation into the fraud at the bank revealed that the suspect may possibly have a warrant for his arrest out of Oklahoma for a sex crime against a minor.  Officers from the Menlo Park Police Department and deputies from the Stanford University Department of Public Safety responded to assist, and canine teams from the Atherton Police Department and the Los Altos Police Department joined a canine unit from the Palo Alto Police Department to help with the search efforts.

The Palo Alto Police Department used the AlertSCC telephone notification system to deliver recorded messages about the situation to 286 homes and businesses in the neighborhood.  Residents can sign up for the system by registering for free at

After almost four-and-a-half hours, an alert patrol officer stationed in the 500 block of Everett Court observed the suspect walk out of that home with the homeowner.  The officer approached them, at which point the suspect fled on foot again, only to run into the waiting arms of another nearby officer.  Police arrested the suspect without further incident.  Paramedics from the Palo Alto Fire Department treated the suspect at the scene for minor cuts and scratches he had likely received during his initial escape into the neighborhood.

Interviews with the homeowner, a man in his sixties, revealed that he had initially seen the suspect in his yard with some minor injuries.  The suspect told him that he had been "jumped" and that people were looking for him.  The homeowner invited him into his house, where the suspect engaged him in conversation, befriended him, and eventually solicited a meal from him.  The homeowner received the recorded AlertSCC message while the suspect was in his home, but did not think the man matched the description of the wanted suspect.  Eventually, the suspect convinced the homeowner to drive him to San Francisco or at least the train station so he could get home.  When they left the house to do that, the patrol officer spotted the suspect.  After interviewing the homeowner, police do not believe he had any criminal intent to harbor the suspect, nor any belief that the suspect was connected to the manhunt in the neighborhood.

Police urge residents not to allow strangers into their homes.  Fortunately, the suspect in this case committed no crime against the homeowner.

Follow-up investigation revealed that the outstanding warrant from Oklahoma did indeed belong to the suspect.  Police booked 35-year-old Dominique Arnett Tabb of San Francisco into the Santa Clara County Main Jail pursuant to the warrant, and also for felony check fraud and misdemeanor resisting arrest.  A booking photo of the suspect is attached to this release.

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call our 24-hour dispatch center at 650-329-2413.  Anonymous tips can be e-mailed to or sent via text message or voice mail to 650-383-8984.  Tips can also be submitted anonymously through our free mobile app, downloadable at or