GOP Candidate Running Against Maxine Waters Has Been Arrested On Felony Stalking And Extortion Charges
Businessman Omar Navarro, a prominent Republican who is challenging Rep. Maxine Waters (D-CA) in next years’ elections, was arrested over the weekend on felony stalking and extortion charges, according to a new report by The Daily Beast.
According to the report, Navarro was arrested on Saturday night after he was seen near his ex-girlfriend DeAnna Lorraine Tesoriero’s apartment. Tesoriero is running a campaign against House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA).
She told The Beast that she saw Navarro outside her home before getting a text message from an unknown number saying, “Bitch, I came to see you.” He allegedly offered her money to marry him and threatened to give her relatives’ address to the anti-fascist group known as “Antifa.” He also threatened her pets.
“He would have stolen my cats,” Tesoriero said.
According to the report, Tesoriero then called the police, who arrested Navarro on three felony charges, including felony stalking, criminal threats and attempted extortion. He also faces violating a five-year restraining order Tesoriero got this year.
“Clearly, he has a lot of screws loose,” Tesoriero said of Navarro. “I think a lot of this power has gotten into his head. He has a lot of money now from campaign donations.”
He has denied any wrongdoing and blamed it on the way men are treated “unjustly” in “this country.”
“Just because a woman says something doesn’t mean it’s true,” he said.