15 Arrested In Richmond Overnight

June 26, 2020 - 12:18 pm
Dometrius Holden and Gabrielle Heinlein are accused of assaulting an officer

Richmond Police Department


Richmond, VA _ The Richmond Police Department made 15 arrests in connection to a “sit-in” in the Huguenot neighborhood where Richmond Commonwealth's Attorney Colette McEachin lives overnight.

Police say they received the first call for disorderly conduct in the 4100 block of Uppingham Road around 9:30 p.m. Thursday.  Upon arrival, officers found dozens of protesters conducting a “sit-in”, blocking the roadway and obstructing traffic.  Over the next 45 minutes, the RPD received four more calls for service in the same area about the situation.

Just under an hour after receiving the first call RPD made their first announcement that protesters were violating an ordinance that prohibits picketing or disrupting the tranquility of a home.  More than a dozen of those announcements were made via loud speaker over the next 20 minutes, giving protesters ample time to leave before the arrests began.

No Unlawful Assembly was declared.

The following 11 individuals were arrested for Picketing (Class 3 misdemeanor) and released on summons.


1.     Henry Wickham, 28, W/M, of Richmond, VA

2.     Harrison Sellers, 22, W/M, of Chesapeake, VA

3.     Julia Seliavski, 22, W/F, of Henrico, VA

4.     Melanie Bartell, 28, W/F, of Maidens, VA

5.     Leo Sinanian, 28, W/M, of Mechanicsville, VA

6.     Dominique Brown, 21, W/F, of Charlottesville, VA

7.     Andrea Gadzinski, 22, W/F, of Virginia Beach, VA

8.     Alexa Sanisteban, 22, B/F, of Richmond, VA

9.     Anah Johnson, 25, B/F, of Richmond, VA

10.     Marwa Eltaib, 25, B/F, of Richmond, VA

11.     Kyle Rudd, 25, W/M, of Chesterfield, VA


Benjamin Madlinger, 25, W/M, of Mechanicsville, VA was arrested for Trespassing (Class 1 misdemeanor) after running to the backyard of a residence as officers were making arrests.  Officers recovered a loaded firearm from his vehicle and a separate loaded magazine from one of his pockets (photos attached).  Madlinger was also charged with Picketing.

Police recovered gun and loaded clip from Benjamin Madlinger's car
Richmond Police Department


Dometrius Holden, 23, W/M, Winston-Salem, NC and Gabrielle Heinlein, 27, W/F, of Pembroke, VA were arrested for Assaulting a Law Enforcement Officer (Class 6 felony). 


Danka Padilla, 24, W/F, Whitesville, WV was arrested for Obstructing Justice (Class 1 misdemeanor).  She was released on a summons. A booking photo is unavailable.


One RPD officer was injured and treated and released at a local hospital for his injury.  There was no word on how the officer was injured.