A Pittsburgh woman who’s married to a 30-year police officer and FBI task force member has been charged with participating in the Jan. 6 riots at the U.S. Capitol, news reports said.
Jennifer Heinl, 55, of Ross Township, was caught on video sporting a “Trump 20″ jersey in the Rotunda, as well as inside the Capitol Crypt and other restricted areas, according to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.
The 55-year-old’s husband Michael Heinl has worked for the Shaler Township police for 30 years, and investigates violent crime and child abuse for the FBI Pittsburgh field office’s Violent Crimes Task Force, the Post-Gazette report said.
Michael Heinl reportedly asked his wife not to travel to Washington, D.C. After the rally told his boss Jennifer had been encouraged to attend because of then-President Donald Trump, according to the Post-Gazette.
“His wife was a part of that situation,” Chief Sean Frank told reporters. “He didn’t condone it. He didn’t ask her to go there. He wasn’t there. He was here working.”
Jennifer Heinl’s attorney Marty Dietz reportedly told WPXI, “I’ve known Jennie Heinl a long time, and she’s not a criminal. She’s deeply embarrassed.”
Michael Heinl filed for divorce from Jennifer Heinl in February, according to a Post-Gazette review of Allegheny County records. The detective is not in any way connected to the FBI’s investigation, according to reports.
“He’s a very thorough, hardworking detective,” Frank said, according to the Post-Gazette. “He’s got some advanced experience and training in some different areas of investigation.”
Although she insisted she didn’t enter the Capitol, she was captured on videos recorded inside the building by Kenneth Grayson, according to HuffPost. The Post-Gazette said Jennifer Heinl talked with Grayson for months on Facebook about making plans to travel to D.C. Grayson was arrested in Pennsylvania on Jan. 26.
WPXI reported Heinl was released after a Thursday hearing on $10,000 bond. The report said Michael Heinl agreed to keep his service weapon locked outside their home.