Houston Police wondered what happened to one of their own on Tuesday after they arrested a former captain who allegedly chased a man off the road and held him at gunpoint, believing he was in possession of hundreds of thousands of fraudulent ballots.
Former squad leader Mark Anthony Aguirre, 63, allegedly believed so strongly in the baseless allegations of massive electoral fraud affecting the Harris County presidential election that he was prepared to commit crimes himself for the to prove. The man he allegedly watched for four days and held hostage was not a political crime schemer, but just an air conditioner repairer.
“He crossed the line from dirty politics to the commission of a violent crime and we are lucky no one was killed. His alleged investigation was back from the start, first alleging a crime had been committed and then trying to prove it, ”Harris County District Attorney Kim Ogg said in a press release.
Aguirre is charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.
The retired policeman reportedly used his SUV to ram the back of the repairman’s truck on October 19 to lure the man out of the car at around 5:30 am Aguirre claimed the collision was an accident. Once the man got out of his vehicle, Aguirre held him at gunpoint and knelt on his back as an anonymous accomplice took the truck to a nearby parking lot, where police found it, authorities said.
Aguirre told investigators he was a member of a civilian organization calling itself the Liberty Center for God and Country that was engaged in a vigilance investigation into the election. The group paid Aguirre $ 266,400, the prosecutor said.
Aguirre had monitored the repairman for four days, police said, and believed the technician was in possession of more than 750,000 fraudulent ballots, although he had no evidence to substantiate his claims. The truck contained only air conditioning equipment and repair tools, and police found Aguirre’s allegations of electoral fraud to be baseless.
—Pilar Melendez contributed reporting
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