Criminal catfishing: Baytown woman accused posing as her boyfriend to send threats to herself

In a case of catfishing going sinister, a Baytown woman is accused of falsely alleging that her boyfriend threatened to kill her and then using fake social media accounts to make it look like he was making new threats every time he was released from jail.

Lisa Marie Garcia, 22, was taken into custody Thursday on charges of retaliation and three counts of online harassment.

According to charging documents, Garcia first accused her boyfriend Brandon Berrott of threatening her back in September. Investigators noted Berrott has children with Garcia and with another woman.

Documents stated Garcia then used fake social media accounts posing as Berrott to send threats to both her and the other mother of his child as soon as he was released on bail.

Each time bond was posted, the threats were written, Garcia would show them to authorities, and Berrott would return to jail for violating the terms of his bail, which included contact with Garcia.

At least seven charges were filed against Berrott in a 10-day span in late October.

The charges caused Berrott to lose his job with Goose Creek ISD’s warehouse, according to documents.

However, Garcia’s accusations against her boyfriend would unravel. Investigators said Garcia continued to send threats even as Berrott was cooperating with their investigation. Investigators even determined that Berrott couldn’t have sent one threat at the same time that he he was in custody.

In addition, investigators said Garcia made an unfounded accusation of bribery against Berrott’s mother and the Baytown judge presiding over her boyfriend’s case. She claimed the judge was being paid off to allow Berrott to bail out of jail.

Garcia was due in Harris County Probable Cause Court this morning. Her bond was set at $10,000.

Counts of retaliation, terroristic threat, and protective order violation were dismissed.

2 comments

  1. PoliceEDU 22 February, 2018 at 16:56 Reply

    Hi there, I read through a few of your articles here.
    I did have a question though that I hope you could answer.

    I was wondering, What happens when a police officer shoots someone in the line of duty?
    I’m pursuing a career in law enforcement and it’s something I’ve always worried about.
    I would really appreciate any help you could give me!

    • EDITOR 23 February, 2018 at 09:16 Reply

      In the US, it is common that the officer will be placed on paid administrative leave while the shooting is investigated.

      It is considered good policy that the shooting be investigated by another agency (such as a State Police investigation for a local agency shooting), but it may vary by agency.

      The officer’s firearm and magazines (or speed loaders, for revolvers) should be taken as evidence and for testing (ballistics and proper function). The officer should have another weapon issued, but this varies, again, by agency. The officer will probably be taken to a hospital for blood and urine testing to verify that alcohol or other drugs are not present.

      The investigation will proceed according to the investigating agency’s policy. This might include an initial interview of the officer, followed up by an in-depth interview a day or two later. During the investigation, the officer will remain on administrative leave, but will be required to be available, as needed, for interviews or other investigation-related activities.

      If the investigation reveals the use of force was appropriate, the officer will be allowed to come back to active duty. The return date may depend on when the officer is ready to return to duty, since shootings can be very traumatic events. The officer will probably be required to see a psychologist or psychiatrist to assess the officer’s emotional status before being released to active duty. Statistically, an officer involved in a shooting is more likely to be involved in another serious use-of-force incident within a year or two, so special attention should be paid to ensure the officer is adjusting well.

      If there are problems revealed through the investigation, the officer may be disciplined, face a re-training period to address deficiencies, or could face criminal charges.

      The officer should expect to be sued by the other person (or that person’s relatives) no matter whether the shooting is determined to be within policy and / or law.

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