According to local news ABC 13, a former Houston Police Department Captain was arrested on Tuesday for running a man off the road and pointing a gun at his head in an effort to prove massive voter fraud took place in Harris County.
Mark Anthony Aguirre, 63, was arrested by Houston police Tuesday and charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, a second-degree felony punishable by up to 20 years in prison.
According to court documents, Aguirre told police that he was part of a group of private citizens called the “Liberty Center,” who were conducting a civilian investigation into the alleged ballot scheme.
Aguirre told police “he had been conducting surveillance for four days on a man who was allegedly the mastermind of a giant voter fraud scheme,” the report stated. He also claimed the man was hiding 750,000 fraudulent ballots in his truck.
But court documents say “the victim turned out to be an innocent air conditioner repairman,” ABC 13 reported.
Aguirre ran his SUV into the back of the truck to get the technician to stop and get out, according to court documents.
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 back until police came, the court document said.
When police arrived and were shown the truck, they found no ballots but plenty of air conditioning parts and tools.
Aguirre allegedly never told police that he had been paid a total of $266,400 by the Houston-based Liberty Center for God and Country, with $211,400 of that amount being deposited into his account the day after the incident.