15 arrested during sit-in at Commonwealth’s Attorney’s home

Richmond

RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — Richmond Police arrested 15 people during a sit-in Thursday night in the Huguenot neighborhood outside of Commonwealth Attorney Colette McEachin’s home in the city.

Police said they received five calls for disorderly conduct around 9:30 p.m. When officers arrived, they found ” dozens of protesters conducting a sit-in.” Authorities said the protesters were blocking the roadway and obstructing traffic.

A source told 8News the sit-in was to demand McEachin reopen the Marcus-David Peters case and drop all charges for curfew violations, unlawful speech.

Here’s the full list of demands:

No unlawful assembly was declared, instead, police said the protesters were picketing around 10:25 p.m. According to the police, they made announcements on the speaker over a 20-minute period.

About 20 minutes later, police arrested 11 people for picketing, one for Obstructing Justice, one for Trespassing and the other two for Assaulting a Law Enforcement Officer.

Police provided a list of the people who were arrested Friday morning for picketing:

  • Harrison Sellers, 22, W/M, of Chesapeake, VA
  • Julia Seliavski, 22, W/F, of Henrico, VA
  • Melanie Bartell, 28, W/F, of Maidens, VA
  • Leo Sinanian, 28, W/M, of Mechanicsville, VA
  • Dominique Brown, 21, W/F, of Charlottesville, VA
  • Andrea Gadzinski, 22, W/F, of Virginia Beach, VA
  • Alexa Sanisteban, 22, B/F, of Richmond, VA
  • Anah Johnson, 25, B/F, of Richmond, VA
  • Marwa Eltaib, 25, B/F, of Richmond, VA
  • Kyle Rudd, 25, W/M, of Chesterfield, VA

Benjamin Madlinger, a 25-year-old from Mechanicsville, was arrested for Trespassing after police said he ran into 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,” RPD said.

Dometrius Holden, a 23-year-old man from North Carolina and 27-year-old Gabrielle Heinlein of Pembroke were charged with assaulting a law enforcement officer.

A West Virginia woman, Danka Padilla, was arrested for obstructing justice. Police said she was released on a summons.

The officer who was injured was treated at a local hospital.

On Friday morning, Commonwealth’s Attorney Colette McEachin declined 8News’ request for an interview about what happened last night.

As a potential witness, I have no comment about last night’s activities specifically. 

The Richmond Commonwealth’s Attorney’s Office does not respond to demands from any individual or group. Our duty is to respond to the law and the facts of each case.”

Commonwealth’s Attorney Colette McEachin

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