First appearance in federal court for alleged shooting plot suspects

RICHMOND, Va. (WWBT) — Julio Alvarado Dubon and Rolman Balcarcel-Bavagas appeared in federal court for the first time since being indicted by a grand jury, one for illegal entry, the other for a firearm fire.

With the help of Spanish-speaking interpreters, the two suspects were reminded of their charges and rights, but no mention was made of Dubon and Rolman Balcarcel-Bavagas’ alleged connection to a shooting during the July 4 celebration. in Richmond.

According to court records, Balcarcel-Bavargas was deported from the United States twice in 2013 and again in 2014 before returning to the United States. The documents detail that police found him at a residence on Columbia Street in July in Richmond.

Court documents also show that Dubon has been living in the United States for several years on an expired visa.

When police searched the Columbia Street residence in July, authorities said they found three firearms, including an assault rifle. The documents show that Dubon claimed to have bought it at a garage sale.

In the General District Court on Wednesday, prosecutors told a Richmond judge they had evidence of a mass shooting plot, but not at a specific location.

Following the district court hearing, Chief Gerald Smith spoke to the media, saying the two suspects were planning to shoot the Dogwood Dell celebration.

“Just a high probability that this is it. It’s Richmond. July 4 celebration. It’s at the Dogwood Dell. That’s what our officers did,” Smith said at a press conference Wednesday.

An indictment and detention hearing for Balcarcel-Bavargas is scheduled for Tuesday afternoon in Federal Court. Dubon also has a detention hearing next Tuesday at the same time.

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