Police in Palo Alto, California, announced that on Sept. 29, a San Francisco man that the cops were actively chasing down in a Palo Alto neighborhood, found refuge in the home of an unwitting Good Samaritan who thought the fugitive was trying to get away from some muggers. Yahoo! News reported that the Good Samaritan invited the fugitive into his home and “shared a meal with the wanted man as California law enforcement officers canvassed the neighborhood in a manhunt.” The fugitive was wanted because he had been accused of a sex crime with a minor in Oklahoma.
Cops were tipped off that fugitive Dominique Arnett Tabb, 35, was in the area after receiving a call from a Palo Alto bank regarding a possible fraudulent bank transaction connected to the alleged child sex offender wanted by authorities in Oklahoma. When Palo Alto police arrived at the bank, Tabb made a run for it and hopped a fence leading into a residential neighborhood. Detective Sergeant Brian Philip said that officers sealed off the neighborhood and began a yard-to-yard search.
A homeowner in his 60s saw Tabb in his yard with some minor scrapes, and Tabb told him that assailants had beaten him up and that he was trying to escape, police said. Believing his story, the homeowner invited Tabb into his home and they shared a meal.
Phillip didn’t hold the Good Samaritan accountable for his misdeed, saying that he was just trying to help the guy out – not realizing Tabb was the subject of an active manhunt in the area. “Fortunately nothing bad happened,” Phillip said.
Police used a phone system to call residents in the area and give them a recorded description of the suspect. At one point, the homeowner received that call, but he disregarded it because he did not believe Tabb matched the description, police said.
The Good Samaritan entertained Tabb in his home for almost five hours, but still had more to offer his guest. On Monday night after the two enjoyed a meal and good company together, the homeowner was getting ready to drive Tabb “to San Francisco or a nearby train station.” When the two exited the house, the cops spotted Tabb before he even got into the man’s car, according to Mercury News. Tabb tried to make another run for it; but another police was able to cut off his escape.
Tabb was booked into the Santa Clara County Jail “on suspicion of check fraud and misdemeanor resisting arrest, as well as the outstanding warrant from Oklahoma.” Tabb is being held on $41,000 bail.