Two relatives of a woman arrested by a College Station policeman last Friday are now in jail, accused of planning to kill the officer.
Lt. Chuck Fleeger says the day after the arrest of Stephanie Navarro, 22 year old Ronnie James Lott of Bryan is accused of approaching the officer while he and his family were attending church. The officer was able to convince Lott he was not the man he was looking for. Fleeger says Lott is also accused of asking other members of the congregation if the officer carried a gun when he was off duty.
Fleeger says 46 year old Louisa Navarro, was arrested for telling her daughter over the phone she wished the officer would be found and killed.
Last Friday, 29 year old Stephanie Navarro was arrested following a two mile, slow-speed pursuit from College Station to her home in Bryan where she wanted on three warrants dating back five years.
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News release courtesy of College Station police:
On August 1, 2014 at approximately 1652 hrs an officer with the College Station Police Department attempted to stop a vehicle near the area of Wellborn Road and F&B in College Station. The driver of the vehicle refused to yield to efforts to stop it and continued to drive into Bryan. The officer continued to follow the vehicle attempting to detain it until it came to a stop at a residence in the 2800 blk of Forest Bend. The driver of the vehicle, Stephanie Navarro, was arrested for multiple offenses including Fleeing, Driving While License Invalid and traffic related warrants. During the arrest of Stephanie Navarro, multiple members of her family arrived on scene and began to verbally confront the officer who was able to later transport S. Navarro to jail without further incident.
On August 2, 2014, the same officer was off duty with his family at a Church service in Bryan when he was approached by a male demanding to see the officer. This off duty officer was able to verbally convince the male that he was not the person he was looking for and was able to leave with his family. He was able to later identify the male that had confronted him and his family as a relative of S. Navarro. He was also able to learn that this male was inquiring from other persons attending the same Church service if the officer carried a gun when attending services.
Initial investigation found that family members of S. Navarro felt that the officer had targeted S. Navarro for arrest and were upset. Detectives with the College Station Police Department Criminal Investigations Division were able to learn that while S. Navarro was in jail she had conversed with her mother by phone and during these conversations the mother made statements indicating her desire to locate and kill the officer who had arrested S. Navarro. She further threatened to shoot any officers that might try to arrest her, that they should look for the officer when he was off duty, that they would attempt to find out where his home was, that they knew where he went to Church, and that they would kill him. These conversations occurred before the male confronted the officer at Church on August 2, 2014 and it is believed that his confronting the officer was part of this plot to locate and kill him.
Detectives were able to obtain warrants for the arrest of S. Navarro’s mother and the male relative who had confronted the officer. They were located and taken into custody on August 6, 2014 and are identified as follows:
Ronnie James Lott
22 year old male
Bryan, TX resident
46 year old female
Bryan, TX resident
L. Navarro was located and taken into custody at a residence in the 1400 blk of Groesbeck at approximately 1030 hrs without incident. Lott was located and taken into custody outside a residence in the 1000 blk of Verde at approximately 1310 hrs without incident. L. Navarro was transported to jail where she is being held on $75,000.00 bond and Lott was transported to jail where he is being held on $100,000.00 bond. Assisting with the arrests of these persons were members of the Bryan Police Department and the Department of Public Safety.