Man Arrested For Carrying Handguns and Resisting Police


On Friday, December 16, 2016, at approximately 1:45 a.m., an Ottumwa Police Officer observed a male walking in the middle of the road on the Ferry Street Extension.   The male was later identified as Marcos Antonio Curiel-Navarro, age 30, of Ottumwa.

The Police Officer made contact with Navarro who then began making suspicious movements by reaching into his coat.  Navarro did not obey police commands to remove his hands from his coat.  A struggle ensued at which time Navarro fled into an area near the lagoons.  During the foot pursuit Navarro fell on rip rap around the lagoon sustaining injury.  A second struggle ensued during which a handgun was wrestled from Navarro’s possession.  Navarro was taken into custody and transported to Ottumwa Regional Health Center.  Navarro was subsequently released from the hospital and placed in the Wapello County Jail.

Navarro was charged with the following offenses:

  • Interference with Official Acts- While in the Possession of a Firearm, a Class “D” Felony.
  • Possession of a Firearm by a Felon (2 Counts), both Class “D” Felonies
  • Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, a Simple Misdemeanor
  • Pedestrians on Left, A Simple Misdemeanor

Navarro is being held in the Wapello County Jail on a $15,300 cash only bond.


Please note the following pursuant to recent Supreme Court rulings:   “A criminal charge is merely an accusation and a defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty.”