San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department

Press Release

DATE/TIME: November 09, 2016

INCIDENT: PC 290 – Failure to Register as a Sex Offender

LOCATION: Highway 62, Cholla Ave, City of Twentynine Palms

SUSPECT(S): Lawrence Navarrette, 56 years old, Twentynine Palms


On Wednesday, November 09, 2016, at 10:06 p.m., Deputy D. Tollefson, of the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department, Morongo Station, contacted Lawrence Navarrette for riding his bicycle at night, without the use of proper lighting, in in violation of California vehicle code section 21201 (d), in the city of Twentynine Palms.
Navarrette gave Deputy Tollefson consent to search his person for weapons, and or anything illegal. Inside Navarrettes left front pocket, Deputy Tollefson located a black coin purse which contained methamphetamine. During a records check, Navarrette was found to be a registered sex offender from Moreno Valley.
Navarrette was arrested for HS 11377 (a), Possession of a Controlled Substance and transported to the Morongo Jail for further investigation of a possible Penal Code 290 violation.

During the investigation Deputy Tollefson learned Navarrette was living as a “transient” in the city of Twentynine Palms for approximately four months. Navarrette lived in local city parks, and unknown address throughout the city of Twentynine Palms. Transient sex offenders are required to register every thirty days at their local law enforcement agency.

Navarrette was arrested for failing to register as a Sex Offender. He was transported and booked at the Morongo Basin Jail in Joshua Tree. Navarrettes bail is set at $250,000. Detectives will be releasing Navarrette’s booking photo in the event he had any involvement in criminal activity during the time he failed to register as a sex offender.

Anyone with information about this case, is urged to contact the Morongo Detectives Bureau. If you choose to remain anonymous, call WeTip at 1-800-78- CRIME.

Booking photo:

Refer:Deputy Dennis Tollefson

Station:Morongo Station, Twentynine Palms Police Station

Phone No.(760) 366-4180

Case No.201601858

John McMahon, Sheriff-Coroner

San Bernardino County Sheriff-Coroner Department

Sheriff’s Public Affairs Division

655 E. Third Street

San Bernardino, California 92415-0061

Telephone: (909) 387-3700