COLLEGE STATION – College Station Police have arrested two people they say plotted to kill an officer because he arrested one of their family members.
This all started around 5:00 p.m. Friday when an officer tried to make a traffic stop near Wellborn Road and F&B. Police say the driver, Stephanie Navarro, kept going, finally stopping at her home in the 2800 block of Forest Bend in Bryan.
According to the probable cause statement, the officer pulled Navarro over after running the license plate through the DPS database and seeing her insurance expired May 8. Navarro told the officer she did not stop because she knew he would arrest her on outstanding warrants. She did not want her car towed., so she drove the 1.6 miles from Wellborn and F&B Road to her house.
Navarro was arrested for multiple offenses including Fleeing, Driving While License Invalid and outstanding warrants. During the arrest, multiple members of Navarro’s family verbally confronted the officer.
On Sunday, the same officer was at church with his family when police say he was confronted by 22-year-old Ronnie James Lott, a relative of Navarro. The officer convinced Lott that he was not the man Lott was looking for. After the officer left with his family, police say Lott asked other members of the congregation if the officer carried a gun when attending services.
Detectives with the Criminal Investigations Division were able to learn that while Navarro was in jail, she talked with her 46-year-old mother, Louisa, on the phone. During these conversations, police say Louisa told her daughter she wanted to find the officer and kill him. Louisa also threatened to shoot any officers that might try to arrest her.
According to police, Louisa said the plan was to find the officer while he was off duty and kill him. They already knew where he went to church. They were also trying to find out where the officer lives.
Louisa Navarro was arrested at 10:30 Wednesday morning at a house in the 1400 block of Groesbeck. Lott was arrested two and a half hours later outside a residence in the 1000 block of Verde, around the corner from the house he shares with Stephanie Navarro. Both are charged with Obstruction or Retaliation.
Louisa Navarro is being held on $75,000 bond. Lott’s bond was set at $100,000.
Obstruction or Retaliation (Texas Penal Code Section 36.06) is when someone intentionally or knowingly harm or threaten to harm another by an unlawful act in retaliation for or on account of their service as a public servant.
Stephanie Navarro was arrested in 2009 for another alleged violent crime. College Station police say she and two other people broke into a home on George Bush Drive to attack a woman who lived there.
Lott has a lengthy rap sheet dating back to 2010. His prior arrests include evading and resisting arrest, drug possession and unlawful carrying of a weapon.