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Detective Divorces Wife After She’s Photographed At Capitol Riots With Another Man


Detective Divorces Wife After She’s Photographed At Capitol Riots With Another Man

A Pittsburgh area police detective who is also a member of an FBI task force filed for divorce from his wife after she was photographed with another man while allegedly taking part in the deadly MAGA riot at the US Capitol on January 6.

Michael Heinl, a 30-year member of the Shaler Township Police Department, filed the papers in the Allegheny County Court of Common Pleas last month after he asked his wife, Jennifer Marie Heinl, not to travel to the nation’s capital on Jan. 6 — but she did anyway, Police Chief Sean Frank said, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported.

The 55-year-old is now facing several federal charges including violent entry and disorderly conduct on Capitol grounds and parading, demonstrating or picketing in a Capitol building.

The FBI identified Heinl through her association with Kenneth Grayson, who is seen in videos talking to Jennifer inside the Capitol Rotunda. Grayson was arrested on Jan. 26 and charged in connection with the insurrection.

A review of his Facebook page revealed communications between the two of them from Nov. 12, 2020, to Jan. 11, 2021, The Post-Gazette reported. Some of their discussions touched on their plans to travel to DC and rent vehicles and hotel rooms, the paper reported.

The chief said Michael informed him after the riots that his wife had been there.

“His wife was a part of that situation,” Frank said. “He didn’t condone it. He didn’t ask her to go there. He wasn’t there. He was here working.”

“She’s an adult and I don’t think he had any part in her going there,” Frank said.


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