RICHMOND, VA – According to a report from Infowars, an anonymous tip led to police in Richmond arresting two illegal immigrants who were allegedly planning to carry out a 4th of July mass shooting during a celebration taking place at a 2,400-seat amphitheater in Byrd Park.
The anonymous tipster informed authorities of a conversation they’d overheard about an attack being planned that was targeting the Dogwood Dell Amphitheater, where the annual fireworks display is held during the 4th of July.
Upon receiving the tip, local authorities enlisted the help of Homeland Security and the FBI, leading to the arrest of two Guatemalans illegally present in the United States, identified as 52-year-old Julio Alvarado-Dubon and 38-year-old Rolman A Balacarcel.
During a press conference regarding the matter, Richmond Police Chief Gerald Smith referred to the tipster as a “hero citizen,” adding that, “One phone call saved numerous lives on the 4th of July.”
According to Chief Smith, the two illegal immigrants were living together at a home in Richmond, with both of the men being arrested under charges of being non-U.S. citizens in possession of a firearm.
Alvarado-Dubon was taken into custody on July 1st, the same day police received the tip about the alleged mass shooting plot. However, police didn’t initially have enough probable cause to take in Balacarcel the same day and surveilled the suspect until taking him into custody on July 5th.
Authorities reportedly uncovered over 200 rounds of ammunition, two rifles, and a handgun from the residence the two men shared, with Chief Smith citing that the weapons and ammunition were in plain view when police searched the home of the suspects.
No specific details on this alleged mass shooting plot were shared by officials, aside from accolades being extended to the anonymous tipster credited with foiling the attempt. Furthermore, police have not yet determined a possible motive for the planned attack.
Republican Governor Glenn Youngkin was among those praising the anonymous caller, saying, “l want to thank and applaud the hero in Virginia that stopped a potential massacre by alerting our brave Richmond Police Department Officers that work tirelessly every day to protect our communities. It’s a great reminder that if you see something, say something to your local PD.”
Considering that the charges in play at the moment, bond for Alvarado-Dubon was reportedly set at $15,000 on July 6th. As of this time, there’s no bond information available for Balacarcel, but it is likely that he’ll see a similar amount levied once it is set.
Jose Aponte, an attorney representing Alvarado-Dubon, declined to comment on the case. A preliminary hearing for Alvarado-Dubon has been scheduled for August 2nd. It’s unclear whether Balacarcel has retained legal counsel as of this time.