Man who killed biker for riding while white had history of ‘bizarre behavior’ but freed from jail in 2019

FOND DU LAC — Family members, police and a prosecutor raised concerns about Daniel Navarro’s mental health months before he was charged with a hate crime for ramming his pickup into a motorcycle, killing a white retired police officer.

But there is no public record showing that the red flags raised by people who encountered Navarro led to any mental health care for the Fond du Lac man — or to a psychological evaluation that was ordered by a judge last fall, an investigation by The Reporter shows.

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A judge later dismissed a disorderly conduct charge against Navarro and ordered him released from the Fond du Lac County Jail in November.

Now, Navarro faces a charge of first-degree intentional homicide as a hate crime in the July 3 killing of 55-year-old retired police officer and Marine Corps veteran Phillip A. Thiessen, also of Fond du Lac. 

Navarro also faces a second felony — first-degree recklessly endangering safety as a hate crime.

By Sergeant at Arms Bible, a Black Dragon Book

In a four-page criminal complaint, prosecutors accuse Navarro, 27, of intentionally crashing his father’s pickup truck head-on into Thiessen’s Harley-Davidson, leaving Thiessen dead on the pavement of a Taycheedah street. Authorities allege that Navarro said he targeted the cyclist because he wanted to kill a white person.

Police said Navarro, who is Latino, claimed a friend and a neighbor who are Caucasian had “poisoned” him with acid, and that he hears other white people making racist comments about him. Under questioning by detectives, Navarro also complained that a supervisor at a job site in Ripon had intentionally contaminated him by applying a chemical sterilizer to his jacket early in 2019.

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