Prosecutors say former Houston police captain Mark Anthony Aguirre said he believed the man was carrying a fraudulent ballot.
Prosecutors say Aguirre was paid more than a quarter million dollars by a private group called the “Liberty Center for God and Country” to investigate alleged ballot plans in the Houston area.
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Instead, prosecutors say the victim was an “innocent and ordinary” air-conditioner repairman.
The news release described the October 19 incident as saying, “Aguirre ran into the back of the truck to stop and exit his SUV.” “When the technician got out of the truck, Aguirre pointed a handgun at the technician, lying on the ground and placed his knee on the man’s back – an image captured on a camera mounted on the body of a police officer. “
According to the prosecution, officers found no ballot inside the vehicle, only air conditioner parts and equipment.
Aguirre was paid more than $ 260,000 by the “Liberty Center” group, prosecutors allege, and received approximately $ 211,400 the next day of the incident.
The accused said he was arrested on Tuesday and charged with assault with a deadly weapon, which carries a jail term of up to 20 years in prison. He is currently in a Harris County Jail facility with bond set at $ 30,000.
“They crossed the line from dirty politics to the commission of violent crime and we are lucky that no one was killed,” Harris County District Attorney Kim Ogg said in a statement. “His alleged investigation was backward from the start – first he was charged with a crime and then tried to prove it.”
Prosecutors’ statements about Eduire’s arrest came a day after Electoral College voted to confirm Joe Biden as the 46th president of the United States.
Despite the announcement of the election results by media outlets and government officials, outgoing President Donald Trump continues to claim that widespread voter fraud has occurred during the 2020 election, and despite numerous certified certifications, to a legitimate legal defense fund Has raised hundreds of million dollars. Former Vice President Joe Biden won the presidential election.
CNN’s Ashley Kilf contributed to this report.