December 15, 2020
Former Houston Police Capt. Mark Anthony Aguirre, who went to
authorities with pre-election claims that a massive voter fraud
scheme was underway in Harris County, was instead arrested
himself Tuesday and charged for running a man off the road and
pointing at gun at his head in an attempt to prove his claims.
“He crossed the line from dirty politics to commission of a
violent crime and we are lucky no one was killed,” Harris County
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, 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 a court document describing probable cause for the
charge, Aguirre told police shortly after the Oct. 19 incident,
that he was part of a group of private citizens called, “Liberty
Center,” who were conducting a civilian investigation into the
alleged ballot scheme.
According to Aguirre, he had been conducting surveillance on the
victim for four days under a theory the victim was the
mastermind of a giant fraud, and there were 750,000 fraudulent
ballots in a truck he was driving. Instead, the victim turned
out to be an innocent and ordinary air conditioner repairman.
Aguirre ran his SUV into the back of the truck to get the
technician to stop and get out, according to the document. 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 – an image captured on the body-worn camera of a
Aguirre directed police to a parking lot nearby where another
suspect, who has not been identified, took the truck. There were
no ballots in the truck. It was filled with air conditioning
parts and tools.
Aguirre 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.
The case was investigated by the Houston Police and is being
prosecuted by the Public Corruption Division of the Harris
County District Attorney’s Office.
Aguirre’s claims of election fraud were found to be baseless
after thorough investigation by Houston Police and by the Office
Constable Precinct 1 Alan Rosen, as part of the Harris County
Election Security Task Force.