Julio Alvardo-Dubon, 52, and his roommate Rolman Balacarcel, 38, were both arrested between July 1 and July 5 after a “hero citizen” reported a tip, according to Richmond Police Chief Gerald Smith.
The Richmond Police Department did not respond to the Washington Examiner’s questions regarding the suspects’ country of origin, nor did it clarify the noncitizen status of Alvardo-Dubon and Balacarcel. It remains unclear whether the men were in the country legally, on a visa or as permanent residents.
After finding firearm-related evidence in plain view in their residence, police seized two assault rifles, one handgun, and 223 rounds of ammunition, releasing a photograph of the weapons Wednesday night.
The two were charged with a felony noncitizen in possession of a firearm.
After receiving the tip on July 1, police received consent to search Alvardo-Dubon’s residence. They did not have a warrant. The weapons and ammunition were then found and subsequently seized. At that time, Alvardo-Dubon was arrested and held at Richmond City Jail.
Detectives later received information on Balacarcel’s location and arrested him in Albermarle County after obtaining a warrant. Balacarcel was not arrested until July 5, as officers did not initially have probable cause. He is in custody in Albermarle-Charlottesville Regional Jail.
Police explained that the investigation is ongoing, with assistance from Homeland Security.