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‘Hero Citizen’ led police to arrest 2 illegal immigrants planning 4th of July mass shooting

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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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Border Crisis by the numbers: in January agents seize 500lbs drugs and 70 criminals with outstanding warrants

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The first month of 2023 at the southern border is already looking bleak; just take a look at the numbers. U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers in El Paso, Texas have seized over 500 pounds of hard drugs in January alone.

Additionally, the agency apprehended 62 people they were able to identify as having outstanding arrest warrants. Among the criminals were sex offenders.

The devastating numbers are not surprising, given that in December, the El Paso mayor declared a sate of emergency “after record numbers of people were released onto city streets and sidewalks by the Biden administration” reports The Center Square.

Texas Governor Greg Abbott also “sent 400 National Guard troops to restore order and provide humanitarian assistance” adds the media outlet. Border Patrol data showed in December, 55,766 illegal foreign nationals were apprehended in the El Paso Sector.

There were also 32,632 known and recorded gotaways in December, meaning they were able to evade getting captured by law and immigration officials. law enforcement officers told The Center Square that despite the skyrocket high numbers, “these seizures and apprehensions represent a fraction of the amount of people and drugs being trafficked to the southern border between ports of entry.”

 

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