An ex Houston police chief is now charged with a brutal and "counterfeit" voter scam probe is no foreigner to the immoral flank of the law. A grand jury indicted Mark Aguirre on a charge of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon Tuesday. This comes over a year after he reputedly forced an air conditioning mechanic off the highway and held the fellow at gunpoint while attempting to discover a voter scam scheme in the after-effects of the 2020 presidential ballot. 64-year-old Aguirre may serve up to 20 years in the penitentiary if he's sentenced.
Aguirre, who earned more than $200,000 as a confidential detective for a Houston party dubbed Liberty Center when the incursion happened Oct. 19, 2020, as stated by the Harris County District Attorney's Office. Aguirre and party were persuaded of a tremendous voting fabrication plot in Harris County, and the ex-officer had been following the motorist of a restoration vehicle days prior to encountering him on an unidentified Houston road. In general sunlight, Aguirre collided his SUV into the rear of the work vehicle forcing it to wreck. When the machinist exited the vehicle, Aguirre reportedly bulldozed him with a handgun, pushed him to the ground, and scoured the van. Prosecutors stated that Aguirre and Liberty Center assumed there were better than 750,000 gathered polls in the inlet of the vehicle. As an alternative, all Aguirre discovered were sparse components and instruments for restoring air conditioners.
When officers reacted, Aguirre attempted to use his reputation as a former Houston police chief to exploit the authorities' examination into the crash, as claimed by prosecutors. In December 2020, prosecutors pushed for aggravated assault indictments against the dishonored authority figure. Tuesday's trial signifies the matter is approaching trial, which is presently planned for Feb. 11.
"He crossed the line from dirty politics to the commission of a violent crime, and we are lucky no one was killed," district attorney Kim Ogg said in a statement. "His alleged investigation was backward from the start, first alleging a crime occurred and then trying to prove it happened."
Ogg's headquarters dubbed Aguirre's affirmations "fake" in an interview released Tuesday, reflecting the expression and emotion used by conventional reformer Steven Hotze who was enraged by Aguirre's prosecution.
This isn't the first time Aguirre has been charged in his position as a detective. In 2002, while employeed as a commander for HPD, he commanded the indictments and custody of almost 300 individuals who were in a Kmart parking lot on Westheimer Road concurrent to the time frame that a group of individuals were road racing. It resulted in many of the individuals whom were detained were either innocent people walking by or store shoppers who were not invovled, yet Aguirre still instructed for them to be taken into custody. The city ended up reimbursing near $1 million in civil agreements and lawyer fees due to the captain's commands.
Following the 2002 suprise attack, a grand jury charged Aguirre on five misdemeanor indictments of official persucution, however, a jury later pled him not guilty. He stopped working for the police force and was employed as a private investigator. The lawyer who defended him on the persucution case, Terry Yates, is noted as his defense attorney for the latest accusation.