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School Board candidate charged with burglary with assault or battery

August 14, 2018
By CJ HADDAD (cjhaddad@breezenewspapers.com) , Cape Coral Daily Breeze

A Lee County School Board candidate was arrested Friday after a homeowner reported he entered her property without permission and then shoved a relative who asked him to leave.

Louis Navarra, 73, of Cape Coral, was charged with burglary - with assault or battery.

Police answering the disturbance call were told Navarra apparently had driven by the residence in the1000 block of El Dorado Boulevard, North, in the Cape, saw a party was going on and entered the home, the Cape Coral Police Department arrest report states. Navarra was told he was not invited, was not welcome and was asked to leave. Navarra did so but reportedly came back about an hour later and entered through the unlocked front door.

A verbal altercation between Navarra and party-goers then ensued, the report states, adding that when a relative of the homeowner approached Navarra and asked him to leave, he responded with a slur and then shoved the woman out of his way, the report states.

Navarra eventually left the property and went to a friend's house, where a CCPD officer subsequently spoke with him and then placed him under arrest.

He was transported to Lee County Jail where he posted a $30,000 bail.

Navarra declined comment Tuesday, delivering a prepared statement directing questions related to the arrest to his attorney.

"What ever happened to innocent till proven guilty? This is the USA. I have retained Mr. Bob Coleman as my attorney. Please address all questions to him. I will not be tried by the press," his release states.

He did address his candidacy for School Board.

"I am continuing my campaign for District 4 School Board race Aug. 28th," Navarra said in the written statement to The Breeze.

Coleman could not be immediately reached for comment late Tuesday afternoon.

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