Two illegal immigrants were stopped from carrying out a planned mass shooting at a Fourth of July celebration thanks to a tip from a “hero citizen.” Richmond, Virginia’s Chief of Police Gerald Smith announced the discovery during a press conference Wednesday.
“A hero citizen picked up the phone and overheard a conversation there was a mass shooting being planned here in the city of Richmond, Virginia,” said Smith. “One phone call saved numerous lives on the Fourth of July,” Smith said on Wednesday. “The success of this particular investigation can only be juxtaposed against the horrors of which the rest of the country has seen. There is no telling how many lives this hero citizen has saved from one phone call.”
The ’hero citizen’ called in the tip on July 1st, prompting police to investigate the suspects’ residence. Officers saw “evidence in plain view,” immediately corroborating the tip.
Officers seized two semi-automatic rifles and more than 200 rounds of ammunition. Police said they found evidence that Julio Alvarado-Dubon, 52, and Rolman Balacarcel, 38, were planning to attack the city’s Independence Day celebration at the Dogwood Deli amphitheater, and a city baseball game.
National Review reports Alvarado-Dubon was arrested and charged with being a non-U.S. citizen in possession of a firearm on Friday. Balacarcel, who is Alvarado-Dubon’s roommate, was arrested and charged on the same count on Tuesday after a weekend of police surveillance.
The two are being held without bond and police say both suspects may face additional charges. Police did not identify a motive for the attack.
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“I’m gonna tell you something, New Yorkers, never in my life have I had a problem that I didn’t see an ending to. I don’t see an ending to this,” Adams said at the time. “The federal government needs to do its job. We need the federal government, the Congress members, the Senate and the president to do their job: close the borders,” said Adams’ advisor Ingrid Lewis Martin insisted in early October. “And until you close the borders, you need to come on with a full-on decompression strategy where you can take all of our migrants and move them through our 50 states.”
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