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A former Houston Police Department captain was arrested Tuesday for allegedly pointing a gun at an air conditioner repairman he thought was orchestrating a massive voter fraud scheme, prosecutors said.
Mark Aguirre, 63, was charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon for the Oct. 19 confrontation, according to the Harris County District Attorney’s Office.
Aguirre, a member of a group of private citizens conducting their own probe into an alleged ballot scheme, rammed his SUV into the man’s work truck — believing the victim was hauling around 750,000 fraudulent ballots, prosecutors said.
The former cop then pointed his handgun at the technician when he exited his vehicle and forced him to the ground, according to prosecutors.
The day of the incident, Aguirre received $211,400 from Houston-based Liberty Center for God and Country. The group’s CEO is well-known right-wing activist Steven Hotze, The Texas Tribune reported.
Inside the man’s work truck, police found air conditioning parts and tools, not ballots, prosecutors said.
Prosecutors said an investigation determined Aguirre’s election fraud claims were baseless.
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