by way of Juan A. Lozano, AP
A former Houston police captain was charged with assault on Tuesday after operating a person off the street and maintaining him at gunpoint with the intention to prove what authorities have referred to as a bogus voter fraud scheme.
Mark Aguirre claimed that an air conditioner repairman became the mastermind of an enormous voter fraud scheme. Aguirre spoke of the man’s truck turned into full of fraudulent ballots when he ran his SUV into it on Oct. 19, in accordance with authorities.
“The defendant cited (the driving force) has about 700 and fifty thousand fraudulent mail ballots and is using Hispanic children to signal the ballots since the babies’s fingerprints would not appear in any databases,” in keeping with an arrest affidavit.
Aguirre advised police he and some friends set up a “command submit” at a Marriott inn in suburban Houston and performed 24-hour surveillance on the repairman for 4 days, in line with the affidavit. He said he then ran the man’s truck off the street, pointed a gun at him, compelled him onto the floor and put a knee on his returned, the affidavit said.
Police who responded to the incident searched the truck and located only aircon parts and tools, authorities observed. Authorities didn’t name the truckdriver, who became not harm.
“A prolonged investigation … decided allegations of election fraud had been unfounded and no evidence of illegal ballots changed into discovered,” Houston police said.
Aguirre instructed a police officer at the scene, “I just hope you’re a patriot,” in line with the affidavit.
Lt. Wayne Rubio with the Texas attorney regular’s workplace later informed police that Aguirre had requested his workplace to habits a site visitors stop for his investigation and when Rubio stated he couldn’t try this, Aguirre mentioned he would do it himself and “make a citizen’s arrest,” in accordance with the affidavit.
Aguirre, 63, has been charged with aggravated assault with a lethal weapon. court docket statistics didn’t record an lawyer for Aguirre.
If convicted, Aguirre faces up to 20 years in penitentiary. Police haven’t identified another suspects.