An ex-Houston police captain was arrested for allegedly running a man off the road and assaulting him in an attempt to prove a bizarre voter-fraud conspiracy pushed by a right-wing organization. The suspect, Mark Anthony Aguirre, told police he was in a group of private citizens investigating claims of the massive fraud allegedly funded by Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and involving election ballots forged by Hispanic children, reports NPR. He said the plot was underway in Harris County, Tx., before the Nov. 3 election. Aguirre said he worked for the group Liberty Center for God and Country when on Oct. 19 he pulled a gun on a man who he believed was the mastermind of the scheme. His victim, identified by police as “DL,” is an air conditioner repairman. Authorities found no evidence he was involved in Aguirre’s alleged fraud.
Harris County District Attorney Kim Ogg said Aguirre “crossed the line from dirty politics to commission of a violent crime and we are lucky no one was killed … His alleged investigation was backward from the start – first alleging a crime had occurred and then trying to prove it happened.” Claims of voter fraud during this year’s election — by President Trump, Aguirre, and others — have been debunked. Aguirre’s scheme was reportedly part of a paid investigation by the right-wing Liberty Center group, whose CEO is Republican activist Steven Hotze. It was later discovered that Aguirre was paid $266,400 for this involvement. Aguirre was fired from the police department in 2003 after a controversial raid at a Kmart parking lot.