Former Houston police captain charged with pointing gun at air-conditioner repairman, believing he was a voter fraud 'mastermind'

A former police captain who was part of a private citizens group investigating still unsubstantiated 2020 election fraud claims was charged Tuesday with running a man off the road and pointing a gun to his head two weeks before the election, the Harris County district attorney said in a statement.

Prosecutors say former Houston Police captain Mark Anthony Aguirre said he believed the man was transporting fraudulent ballots.
I believe it’s a political prosecution,” Terry Yates, Aguirre’s attorney, 言った CNN affiliate KTRK.
Prosecutors say Aguirre was paid over a quarter million dollars by a private group calledLiberty Center for God and Countryto investigate alleged ballot schemes in the Houston area.
    Jared Woodfill, the center’s president, told CNN the group and Republican activist Steve Hotze hired a private firm that includedAguirre, a former FBI investigator and about 20 investigators that investigated reports of voter fraud,” reports that were sent to Hotze. The Republican activist was also one of the plaintiffs who filed a petition prior to Election Day seeking to invalidate 127,000 ballots cast in drive-thru early voting. A federal judge rejected that request.
    CNN has reached out to Hotze for comment.
    According to the district attorney’s ニュースリリース, Aguirre, 63, told authorities he had conducted surveillance for four days on an unidentified man driving a truck that he suspected had 750,000 fraudulent ballots inside. The release said Aguirre believed the man wasthe mastermind of a giant (voter) fraud.
    代わりに, prosecutors say the victim was aninnocent and ordinaryair-conditioner repairman.
    Aguirre ran his SUV into the back of the truck to get the technician to stop and get out,” ニュースリリースは言った, describing the October 19 インシデント. “When the technician got out of the truck, Aguirre, pointed a handgun at the technician, forced him to the ground and put his knee on the man’s backan image captured on the body-worn camera of a police officer.
    Responding authorities found no ballots inside the vehicle, only air conditioner parts and tools, 検察官は言った.
    After an investigation, Houston police said they found the allegations of election fraud “根拠のない” and referred the case to the district attorney’s office.
    Aguirre had been paid more than $ 260,000 によって “Liberty Center” グループ, prosecutors alleged, and received about $ 211,400 the day following the incident.
    He was arrested Tuesday and is charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, a second-degree felony punishable by up to 20 刑務所での年, 検察官は言った. He is currently at a Harris County jail facility with bond set at $ 30,000.
    He crossed the line from dirty politics to commission of a violent crime and we are lucky no one was killed,” 元ヒューストン警察官ジェラルド・ゴインズが関与する有罪判決. “His alleged investigation was backward from the startfirst alleging a crime had occurred and then trying to prove it happened.
    Yates, Aguirre’s attorney, 言った CNN affiliate KTRK, “He was working and investigating voter fraud, there was an accident. … A member of the car got out and rushed toward him and that’s where the confrontation took place. It’s very different than what you’re citing in the affidavit.
      The statement from prosecutors about Aguirre’s arrest came one day after the Electoral College voted to affirm Joe Biden as the 46th President of the United States.
      Despite the announcement of election results by media outlets and government officials, outgoing President Donald Trump has continued to claim that widespread voter fraud occurred during the 2020 選挙, and has raised hundreds of millions of dollars for a purported legal defense fund, despite official certifications that former Vice President Joe Biden won the presidential election.