Woman in viral ‘Fake Homeless’ video arrested

Posted at 10:32 AM, May 23, 2017
and last updated 2017-05-23 10:32:33-04

HENRICO COUNTY, Va. — A woman featured in a viral "Fake Homeless" video has been arrested in Virginia.

In the video posted on YouTube, at least two men approached a woman who appeared to be begging for money at an intersection in Henrico's West End.

The men questioned the woman about her life and whether she was homeless. They followed her from the median where she was asking for money to her car parked nearby.

After a verbal spat, the woman went to the McDonald's where she parked to complain about the men. The McDonald's workers were unable to help her.

The four-minute clip, which made the front page of Reddit Monday and was viewed more than 2 million times by Tuesday morning before it was removed, and ended with the woman telling the men that she never said she was homeless, but that she was disabled.

The men then accused her of getting help from the government that she does not need.

While it was unclear when the video was produced, it was posted to YouTube on Sunday, May 21.

On Monday afternoon, May 22, the woman in the video was arrested after officers responded to a different Henrico intersection for a "disorderly situation."

 Micha Leigh Dominguez (PHOTO: Henrico Police)

Micha Leigh Dominguez (PHOTO: Henrico Police)

"Upon arrival, the officers located the female complainant in the parking lot near the IHOP restaurant. The complainant advised officers that while standing in the median, several people began harassing her and videotaping her," Henrico Police Lt. Richard Cosby said.

"While speaking with the complainant, the officers were approached by another woman who told officers that the subject they were talking with had thrown items at their cars while in the parking lot and that the incident had been videotaped, which was subsequently shared with the officers."

Police determined the woman in the median, identified as Micha Leigh Dominguez, 40, of Tappahannock, threw three full Gatorade bottles at a woman’s car.

Dominguez was charged with three counts of throwing a missile at a moving vehicle, a felony. She was held on a secured bond the Henrico County Jail.