San Luis Obispo motel tied to British murder case
October 30, 2011
A British tabloid is reporting that U.S. marshals are investigating a link between San Luis Obispo and a sensational murder trial in England. [Daily Mail]
Vincent Tabak, a 33-year-old Dutch architectual engineer, is accused of strangling to death Joanna Yeates, a 25-year-old landscape architect last December in Bristol. Tabek was found guilty last week and sentenced to a minimum of 20 years in prison. However, authorities are pressing additional criminal charges against Tabak after police found “suspicious material” on his computer hard drives.
The trail apparently leads to San Luis Obispo and the Peach Street Inn on Monterey Street where Tabak stayed last year on a business trip shortly before he murdered Yeates.
Tabak is believed to have used his company BlackBerry and computer to engage in live chat with strippers and to surf hardcore porn sites while on the five-week trip in California.
Peach street Inn manager Claire Atieh recalled Tabak was alone when he checked into Room 112 at around 9 p.m.
“I remember him clearly because he was tall, well over 6ft, and had a funny accent,” Atieh said. “He wasn’t threatening at all.
“He was tired but very polite. I am used to weird people walking in here but he was a perfect gentleman.
“I could see his room from this desk and he went in alone and spent the night alone. He only came out once and that was to fix himself a cup of tea in the lobby.”
Tabak booked into the economy Peach Tree Inn at San Luis Obispo under the false name of Francis Tabak.
The next morning he checked out having paid the $43.81 bill and returned to his own hotel, which his Bath-based employers Buro Happold provided.
Tabak arrived in California on Nov. 6 and returned to Britain on Dec. 11, six days before Yeates was murdered.
Images and videos depicting men gripping victims by the neck were found on a laptop and hard drives recovered from Tabak’s home and office.
Films favored by Tabak included “Sex and Submission,” police searches of his computer equipment found.