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'Family man' sues GOP activist Hotze after 'violent' traffic stop

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In a new lawsuit, an A/C man alleges a longtime GOP activist approved of a private investigator's actions in a "bizarre and unfounded" voter fraud investigation.

Video Transcript

MIYA SHAY: Spoke to the air conditioning repairman and his family who say they have no idea what this election fraud investigation is all about. Well, we also spoke to Dr. Steven Hotze, a conservative activist. He spoke right behind me this afternoon about the investigation and the fact that he paid Aguirre, the former police captain, to investigate election fraud.

This is the air conditioning repair truck David Lopez-Zuniga was driving two months ago when he was allegedly bumped in the back by former Houston Police Captain Mark Aguirre, who then allegedly brandished a gun.

Today, Zuniga and his son talked to us.

- He tried helping him, and then he took out the gun on him.

This man.

- Mhm, yeah. And he don't even know. He didn't even know if he was a cop or not.

MIYA SHAY: And you've never seen him before?

- No, [? not-- ?] no.

MIYA SHAY: This week Aguirre was charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. Prosecutors say Aguirre thought there were 750,000 fake ballots inside the truck. At the time, Aguirre was a contract investigator with conservative activist Dr. Steven Hotze, who today said the charges are trumped up.

STEVEN HOTZE: If they said he had a gun, why didn't they take his gun away? It's, it's, something smells in Denmark. That's all I can say.

MIYA SHAY: Hotze instead spent about an hour laying out his continued unfounded allegations of voter fraud in Harris County. As part of trying to prove voter fraud, he hired about 20 investigators before last November's election, including Aguirre.

STEVEN HOTZE: Mr. Aguirre is a, was a 25 year police officer, and in the case-- in cases that I've had him work, in all of his work, he's come highly, highly recommended.

MIYA SHAY: Aguirre did not want to talk to us today. Meanwhile, Hotze promises to continue to look into so far unproven fraud allegations. As for Zuniga, he and his family just want to return to what they know, fixing AC's. Your family's not involved in any of this election stuff?

- Nope.

MIYA SHAY: Just air conditioning.

- Mhm.

MIYA SHAY: In Houston, Miya Shay, ABC13 Eyewitness News.