A Republican running to unseat Rep. Maxine Waters (D-Calif.) after his unsuccessful bid against the congresswoman in 2018 was arrested in San Francisco on Sunday.
Omar Navarro, 30, was arrested on charges of extortion, criminal threats, stalking and violation of a restraining order, according to a spokesperson for the San Francisco Police Department.
Officers arrested Navarro at around 2 a.m. on Sunday after receiving a report of a restraining order violation.
“Officers arrived on scene and located a subject later identified as 30-year-old Omar Navarro of Torrance,” the spokesperson said. “Officers confirmed the restraining order.”
The Hill reports:
Police were reportedly called by conservative commentator DeAnna Lorraine Tesoriero, another Republican congressional candidate in California who is running against Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.). Tesoriero, who has been identified in multiple reports as Navarro’s ex-girlfriend, told The Daily Beast that she alerted authorities after finding Navarro near her home.
The police department spokesperson declined to discuss who called about Navarro, telling The Hill that it is unable to discuss specifics on restraining orders.
Tesoriero’s and Navarro’s campaigns did not immediately respond to a request for comment on Tuesday. The Hill has also reached out to the California Republican Party for comment.
Tesoriero told The Daily Beast that Navarro violated a restraining order she recently received against him after he allegedly sent text messages harassing her.
Navarro disputed Tesoriero’s allegations while acknowledging that he had been near Tesoriero’s residence late Saturday.
“Men in this country get treated unjustly, too, you have to acknowledge that,” he told the publication. “Just because a woman says something doesn’t mean it’s true.”
“Obviously she’s not honoring the 11th Commandment from Ronald Reagan,” he added, referring to a phrase former President Reagan sometimes used, which was, “Thou shalt not speak ill of any fellow Republican.”