Veteran Pennsylvania detective Michael Heinl begged his wife not to go to the Capitol Riot on January 6th, but she did anyway and was caught with another man on video, now he’s filing for divorce.
Jennifer Heinl was charged with violent entry and disorderly conduct on Capitol grounds in federal court on Wednesday after she was seen wearing a red jersey that read “Trump 20” on security footage inside the Capitol Rotunda.
Authorities identified her through her communications with Kenneth Grayson, 51, who was charged with five federal counts for breaching the Capitol after his January 26 arrest. The FBI reviewed Grayson’s Facebook Messenger account and revealed interactions with Heinl dating back to November 12, 2020, about travel accommodations for the trip to D.C.
When interviewed by the FBI, Jennifer told agents that she traveled alone on January 5, and came home the next day, denying that she had entered the Capitol building. She also claimed she stayed at a different hotel than Grayson did.
Clearly, her husband, who in addition to his 30-year tenure at the Shaler Township Police Department, is also a member of the Pittsburg FBI’s Violent Crimes Task Force, didn’t believe her after she was already caught in a lie. He filed for divorce in February.
Michael’s boss, Police Chief Sean Frank, said he advised him about his wife’s activities after the riot and doesn’t believe his detective had anything to do with it.
“His wife was a part of that situation. He didn’t condone it. He didn’t ask her to go there. He wasn’t there. He was here working,” Chief Frank commented. “She’s an adult, and I don’t think he had any part in her going there.” He is currently not being investigated in relation to Jennifer’s alleged crimes.