Dr. Steven Hotze indicted in 2020 case involving former HPD officer accused of assaulting repairman

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Thursday, April 21, 2022
GOP activist indicted over voter fraud investigation
Dr. Steven Hotze, a well-known Republican activist from Houston, has been indicted for his alleged role in the kidnapping of an A/C repairman.

HOUSTON, Texas (KTRK) -- A Harris County grand jury has indicted GOP activist Dr. Steven Hotze in connection with an alleged violent assault involving an A/C repairman who was incorrectly suspected of having fraudulent ballots in his truck.

Hotze's attorney, Jared Woodfill, confirmed with ABC13 on Wednesday that his client is charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and unlawful restraint.

It all stems from an October 2020 incident.

A lawsuit filed against Hotze alleges he hired former Houston police officer Richard Aguirre to investigate voter fraud during the 2020 election.

On Oct. 19, 2020, Aguirre allegedly ran his SUV into the A/C repairman's truck and held him at gunpoint. He told authorities at the time that the A/C repairman was hiding 750,000 fraudulent ballots in his truck.

But it was revealed that he was not.

SEE MORE: Former HPD Capt. Mark Anthony Aguirre charged with holding air conditioning man at gunpoint in fake voter-fraud conspiracy

The Harris County Democratic Party called a former Houston police captain's alleged anti-voter fraud crusade "far-fetched."

The new charges against Hotze are the same as those against Aguirre, though, his attorney says Hotze was not present at or involved with that October 2020 incident.

While Hotze's Liberty Center paid Aguirre more than $250,000 for Aguirre's investigation, Woodfill said he wasn't aware of exactly what the investigator was doing.

"Dr. Hotze wasn't even there. He couldn't have committed the alleged violent crime," Woodfill said. "And the person who allegedly committed the assault with a deadly weapon, the depositions from the officers said he didn't even have a weapon. There was no weapon that was held on the individual."

SEE ALSO: Houston 'family man' sues GOP activist Hotze after 'violent' traffic stop

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.

When ABC13 reached out to the Harris County District Attorney's Office, they said the can't comment right now.