Police claim a tip from a concerned citizen foiled a planned mass capturing at an evening July fourth celebration at a packed Richmond amphitheater.
Now, 52-year-old Julio Alvardo-Dubon and 38-year-old Rolman A. Balacarcel sit in the Richmond city jail, each initially charged with being a non-U. S. citizen within possession of a firearm. Both are Guatemalans in the United States illegally , and it’s been claimed at least one has already been deported multiple times.
Apparently reflecting the fact that he was only charged with illegal possession, Alvardo-Dubon’s bond was set at just $15, 000, and it isn’t clear if he is already been released, according to the Associated Press . There’s no report yet associated with Balacarcel’s bond.
At a Wed afternoon press conference , Richmond police main Gerald Smith credited the “ hero” citizen who also called police after overhearing a conversation about a planned mass murder at the city’s July 4th celebration at Dogwood Dell, a two, 400-seat amphitheater in the city’s Byrd Park.
“ Body fat telling how many lives this citizen saved with one particular phone call, ” Cruz said. The tip came in on July 1 . That will same day, police proceeded to a residence on the a thousand block of Columbia Method.
Smith stated Alvarado-Dubon consented to law enforcement entering without a warrant. “ Once within that residence, they noticed evidence in plain look at that corroborated the witness’s statement, ” said Smith, who afterwards specified that the evidence was “ firearms in ordinary view. ”
Under advice from the Department associated with Homeland Security, police imprisoned Alvarado-Dubon for being an alien within possession of a firearm, and seized two assault guns, one handgun and countless rounds of ammunition.
Richmond police then put monitoring on Balacarcel, whom Smith described as Alvardo-Dubon’s roommate. Upon July 5, police came to the conclusion they had probable cause to arrest Balacarcel on the same charge, and did so near Charlottesville , Va.
“ Their intent had been to conduct a bulk shooting at our Fourth of July celebration, ” said Smith, who gave no indication that police found specific evidence of the plot, or that possibly of the two confessed to it.
A motive has not yet been identified, neither have police determined how the duo acquired the weaponry. Smith said neither had a record of previous engagements with Richmond police.
The reporter at the press meeting said his sources suggest at least one of the two has been deported multiple times, asked Jones how he felt about this. “ It could be frustrating when things like that will occur, that people who should not actually be here are criminals [and] actually continue to be able to do those types of things. ”