Incident Summary:

10/19/2020: An assailant rammed his SUV into the vehicle of David Lopez-Zuniga, an air conditioning repair worker, in Houston, Texas, United States. The assailant briefly held Lopez-Zuniga at gunpoint while searching his truck and there were no reported casualties in the assault. Mark Anthony Aguirre was arrested and confessed to carrying out the attack, stating that he surveilled the Lopez-Zuniga for four days on the grounds of an unsubstantiated accusation that he had 750,000 fraudulent ballots for the 2020 United States General Election in his truck. A private group called "Liberty Center for God and Country" paid Aguirre more than $260,000 to carry out the incident.



United States

North America

region/u.s. state:



Location Details:
The incident occurred along Almeda Genoa road.

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Hostage Taking (Kidnapping)
Type of Attack (more) Facility/Infrastructure Attack
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Private Citizens & Property
Name of Entity Not Applicable
Specific Description Vehicle of Repair Worker: David Lopez Zuniga
Nationality of Target United States
Additional Information
Hostages Yes
Number of Hostages 1
US Hostages 1
Outcome Hostage(s) released by perpetrators
Ransom No
Property Damage Yes
Extent of Property Damage Minor (likely < $1 million)
Value of Property Damage Unknown
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Firearms Handgun
Vehicle (not to include vehicle-borne explosives, i.e., car or truck bombs)
Weapon Details
A pistol and a black SUV were used in the attack.
Additional Information
Suicide Attack?No
Part of Multiple Incident?No
Criterion 1 (more) Yes
Criterion 2 (more) Yes
Criterion 3 (more) Yes
Doubt Terrorism Proper (more) No
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Conspiracy theory extremists Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: Personal claim)
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators 1
Number of Captured Perpetrators 1
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 0 Fatalities / 0 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 0
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured 0
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
"Former Houston police captain charged with pointing gun at repairman, believing he was a voter fraud 'mastermind',", December 16, 2020.
"Ex-HPD captain indicted for aggravated assault in bizarre voter fraud conspiracy case," ABC 13 KTRK-TV (Houston), December 14, 2021.
"Disgraced former Houston cop indicted over 'bogus' 2020 voter fraud assault," The Houston Chronicle, December 14, 2021.