A former police captain in Houston, Texas, accosted a man at gunpoint Tuesday as part of a vigilante voter fraud investigation gone awry, according to the Harris County district attorney.
The crime: Mark Anthony Aguirre, a 63-year-old retired member of the Houston Police Department, was arrested by his former fellow officers after allegedly using his SUV to drive an air conditioning repairman off the road and menacing him with a handgun.
- While Aguirre held the victim at gunpoint, an unnamed accomplice searched his vehicle for 750,000 stolen ballots Aguirre believed he was transporting, according to the district attorney’s press release.
- According to Houston authorities, the two men discovered air conditioning repair equipment and tools, but no stolen ballots.
- “He crossed the line from dirty politics to commission of a violent crime and we are lucky no one was killed,” District Attorney Kim Ogg said. “His alleged investigation was backward from the start – first alleging a crime had occurred and then trying to prove it happened.”
Aguirre had reportedly been paid more than $266,000 by the Liberty Center for God and Country, a right-leaning group of private citizens that is sponsoring investigations of alleged malfeasance in the November presidential election.
#StopTheSteal: Supporters of President Donald Trump have made wide-ranging accusations that the November 3 election was “rigged” against the Republican, whether through big tech influencing voters or by outright fraud.
- But Trump’s claims that widespread voter fraud cost him the election have been repeatedly rejected by lower courts, and Monday’s electoral college vote went to Joe Biden.
- But the president has continued to fight the results and has called on congressional Republicans to reject state electors and swing the election in his favor.