Two illegal immigrants were arrested in Virginia after a “hero citizen” overheard their alleged plot to carry out a mass shooting on July 4, and he called the cops right away.
“Two illegal aliens, Rolman Balacarcel, 38, and Julio Alvarado-Dubon, 52, were arrested and charged of being non-U.S. citizens in possession of a firearm after police discovered a plan for a mass shooting at the July 4 celebration in Richmond this week,” Fox News reported. “Gerald Smith, the police chief in Richmond, said that one of the suspects had been deported numerous times and re-entered the country illegally, calling it “frustrating” that a person could keep breaking the law and still have a chance to plan out a large-scale massacre.”
Police said that the incident was prevented when someone who overheard a conversation about it called authorities.
“A hero citizen picked up a phone and then overheard a conversation about a planned mass shooting in Richmond, Virginia,” Smith said.
Hundreds of rounds of ammunition and 2 rifles were seized from a home in Richmond after receiving the call from the concerned citizen.
“We don’t know their motive, but we do know what they were up to,” Smith said.
The attack follows a 22-year-old white male slaughtering at least seven people and injuring dozens more during a July 4 celebration in Highland Park, Illinois. Because of his father signing his Firearm Owners Identification card for him, the suspect was able to acquire the weapons utilized in the assault.
After the suspect’s identity was revealed, it emerged that he was already on law enforcement’s radar due to two incidents that occurred in 2019, including a attempted suicide followed with an alleged threat to “kill everyone” a few months later.
“At the time of the incident, the suspect did not have a FOID card or a pending FOID application to invalidate or refuse,” Fox 32 News reported. Then, in Dec. 2019, at 19 years old, the suspect applied for a FOID card and he was sponsored by his father. At the time, Illinois State Police said that there were insufficient grounds to determine that there was a present or clear danger and deny the request.