Ex-HPD officer: ‘Done’ with private investigations after arrest in voter fraud assault case

Ex-HPD officer: ‘Done’ with private investigations after arrest in voter fraud assault case
Houston Chronicle
An ex-Houston police officer on Friday swore he is “done” with private investigations after being arrested and charged with assaulting an air conditioning repairman he claimed was involved in a massive ballot fraud scheme. Mark Aguirre, a former Houston Police Department captain who is now a licensed private investigator, called in to state District Judge Greg Glass’ courtroom for his first court appearance in the case. His setting originally was scheduled for Thursday but was postponed because he has COVID-19, his attorney said. As conditions of his release on bond, Aguirre is barred from contacting the repairman, possessing firearms, or continuing to work with the Liberty Center for God and Country, which hired him to investigate voter fraud leading up to the Nov. 3 general election. When prosecutors requested Aguirre no longer work with the right-wing group, he volunteered not to do any more investigations, period. “No. I’m done,” he said. Aguirre frequently works with law firms around Houston, defense attorney Terry Yates said. Glass denied prosecutors’ requests that Aguirre be monitored by a GPS tracking device. He has one firearm that he said he would turn over to his attorney. Aguirre was charged Tuesday with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, a felony, and was released after posting bond on a $30,000 bail. The charge stems from an incident that took place early in the morning on Oct. 19. Aguirre slammed his SUV into the truck of an air conditioner repairman he thought was carrying hundreds of thousands of fraudulent ballots in the bed of his pickup truck, according to an affidavit filed by…

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